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Credit crunch blamed for rise in depressed patients

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 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 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?


As a mental health practitioner working in primary care we are finding more people referred for an assessment are reporting finacial problems as having an impact on their mental health.
This then feeds back and impacts on their work/homelife balance.

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