Debt and money worries may be fuelling a rise in depression in England.
According to data obtained by the BBC, prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac have risen by over 40% in the last four years. Additionally doctors and charities are increasingly being contacted by people struggling with financial worries.
Head of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Clare Gerada said ‘ Of course in times of economic problems we would expect mental health to worsen and GPs are seeing more people coming in with debts racking up, or who have lost their job and are cancelling their holidays.’
‘They feel guilty that they can’t provide for their family and these things can often act as a trigger for depression.’
Chief Executive of mental health charity Sane, Marjorie Wallace said ‘It is impossible to say for sure that economic problems are leading to a rise in depression. But we are certainly hearing more from people who are worried where the next meal is coming from, job security and cuts in benefits.