Depression in England up by 500,000 in just three years

Depression in England up by 500,000 in just three years

Depression has become “the common cold of mental illness” as I have seen it written about recently. 

The saddest thing of all is that it is so preventable with diet, lifestyle and environmental changes.

“Scientists were shocked to learn that about 90% of the fibres in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus, carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around.  A big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut”
Emeran Mayer, Professor of Physiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

“Changes in gut bacteria not only contribute to gut symptoms but may also contribute to altered behavior that we see in those patients”
Stephen Collins, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

“For young people we now see there is a link between excessive drinking and mental health”
Barbara Dooley, Ph.D., lecturer at UCD School of Psychology. 

England has the worst alcohol-related epidemic of any country in the world.

The sad and ‘very conservative’ new NHS statistics:

  • The number of depressed people living in England has massively increased by half a million in the last three years alone
  • There are now 4.7 million depressed people in England – and growing
  • There has also been a large increase in the number of prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs

We have to remember that the real numbers are likely to be much higher as many people do not seek GP support”
Data analysis firm SSentif Managing Director Judy Aldred.

“We’re still at the tip of the iceberg of what the figure could be. More people are coming forwards and they are coming forward because the level of support is better”
Depression Alliance Chief Executive Emer O’Neill.

As reported by BBC News on October 17, 2012. 

Posted: Wednesday 21 November 2012