By the end of 2010, there were 4.7 million people diagnosed with depression. Now, data suggests that figure is rapidly rising.
The data, analysed by firm SSentif, showed that there was also a big surge in prescriptions for anti-depressants.
However, charities think this number is only the tip of the iceberg, as many people living with depression remain undiagnosed.
SSentif managing director Judy Aldred said: “We have to remember that the real numbers are likely to be much higher as many people do not seek GP support.”
The greatest percentage increase occurred in Yorkshire and the Humber, where the number of registered depression cases increased by 19% in just three years.
Charity Depression Alliance’s chief executive Emer O’Neill thinks more people across England are being affected by the pressures of modern living, including job losses, relationship breakdowns and financial worries.
However, she also thinks more people are actively seeking help for their problems. People are happier to come forward about their depression because they know the support is available.
As society’s perception of mental health improves and GPs become better at recognising the warning signs, more and more people will be able to regain control of their lives and learn how to move forwards without letting their depression limit their lives.
To find out more about depression and how a counsellor could help you, please visit our page about Depression.
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