Credit crunch blamed for rise in depressed patients
Health workers have noted a “significant” increase in the number of patients with stress and depression since the financial crisis began in 2009.
An online poll of nearly 250 health professionals by patient.co.uk found 84% said they had seen a “significant” increase in patients with stress-related symptoms and 73% said they had seen a “significant” increase in patients with depression.
Nearly one in nine (85%) respondents believe money worries and/or stress have exacerbated some existing medical conditions among their patients.
Almost 70% of health professionals also reported seeing patients that have refused treatment or a sick note because they were afraid to take time off work.
“This survey presents a worrying picture of the nation’s health,” said Dr Sarah Jarvis, a GP in London.
“It is good news that people feel able to consult their doctor about their mental health – but of concern that some are too worried about job security to heed advice and take proper care of themselves.”
A separate patient.co.uk poll of 2,000 UK adults showed 36% feel ‘more stressed’ as a result of the economic downturn, and one in five are sleeping ‘less well’.
Question: Do you agree that the financial crisis is to blame for the increase in stressed and depressed patients?