One in three women resort to using anti-depressants at some point in their lives, a shocking new survey reveals.
The staggering figure has revealed many outwardly strong mothers and daughters are battling mental illness.
One in four of those quizzed had been taking happy pills for at least 10 years.
Eighteen percent of all users did not tell their family, a tenth did not confide in their partner.
The study found almost half of women currently taking anti-depressants had been using them for at least five years.
Fifty-seven per cent who had taken the medication were not offered any alternatives to drugs when they were prescribed.
The findings raise worrying questions for the NHS, women's group Platform 51 said. The organisation - formerly the YWCA - quizzed 2,000 women in England and Wales.
"These shocking figures reveal an escalating crisis in women's use of anti-depressants," the Sun quoted Policy chief Rebecca Gill, as saying.
"They do have a role to play but they are too readily prescribed as the first and only remedy," Gill added.