Recent analysis of NHS data suggests the number of people living with depression in England has risen by almost 500,000 since 2010.
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.”
Signs of Depression can include:
• changes in sleeping patterns; broken nights or over-sleeping
• changes in eating patterns: loss of appetite or overeating
• overwhelming feelings of guilt and worthlessness
• tiredness and loss of energy
• headaches, stomach upsets or chronic pain
• persistent thoughts of death or suicide
More details can be found in the original BBC article.
Counselling is effective in treating mild to moderate depression, and is often combined with medication in more severe cases, which is sometimes known as clinical depression.
Understanding depression and its triggers it can be helpful for sufferers trying to manage the condition. A counsellor can help address low self-esteem, or relationship issues or persistent negative thinking.