Major depression is the number one psychological disorder in the western world and it’s a problem that is becoming ever-more prevalent. It’s growing in all age groups and in virtually every community, particularly amongst the young. At its current rate of increase, it is thought that depression will become the second most disabling condition in the world by 2020 only coming in behind heart disease.
A survey carried out by bpr-pharma has revealed an insightful snapshot into how depression is affecting the UK. According to the results, 38% of those surveyed have felt depressed in the last six months but only one in 10 have visited their GP about it. Of those who did go and speak to a doctor, 74% were prescribed medication for their symptoms.
It is widely publicised that more women suffer from depression that men do but it’s thought that one of the reasons for these statistics is simply down to the fact that women are more likely to seek help than men are. In fact, according to bpr-pharma’s survey, it was found to affect men and women almost equally with 35% of men and 39% of women reporting feeling depressed in the last six months.
Men are however three times more likely to commit suicide than women are. Again, this is likely to come down to the fact that many men feel like they can’t open up and talk about their symptoms let alone receive help for them.
Unsurprisingly, these feelings have an impact on our professional lives with 3% of the nation saying that they have taken time off work as a result of depression. The majority of sufferers say that they have taken no more than one or two days off work but 36% of people have taken anything from 15 days up to a month off work to help deal with the condition.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with depression, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact Life Works today for help.