The results of their 2010 survey showed that three out of four viewers say that they have suffered with depression at some point. It also revealed that one in two have been prescribed anti-depressants whilst over 60% admitted that depression had had a negative impact on their relationships.
69% asked said they suffered with depression
77% had suffered from depression in the past
47% had actually been diagnosed with depression
43% felt their illness was taken seriously by their doctor
But 45% felt their illness wasn’t take seriously by their friends and family
50% had been prescribed anti-depressants to treat their depression
Only 31% have had counselling to deal with depression
38% have had time of work because of depression
60% said that depression had had an impact on their relationship
50% said depression had had an impact on their family
55% think people use depression as an excuse when they don’t really suffer from it
So what can you do if you think you might be depressed? Well the first thing is to realise that you are not alone. Depression is one of the most common problems in Britain today, affecting one in five people at some stage during their life.
If the above figures aren’t enough to convince you then consider the fact that the World Health Organisation have predicted that depression will be second to only heart disease as the biggest global health burden by 2020.
Unfortunately depression carries with it a huge stigma, resulting in many people trying to cope with the problem on their own, worried to admit they are suffering. Don’t go through it alone, accept you are depressed and most importantly, get the help you need.
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