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Stress-related hospital admissions on the rise

Hospital admissions for stress have increased by 7% in the last year, official figures show.

The rate of stress admissions eclipsed that of the overall admissions rate, which increased by about 2% during the same period.

Stress admission rates were highest among working-aged people (aged 18 to 60) rising steadily with increasing age up to 50 where they start to decline, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Data shows the last 12 months, 6,370 people were admitted to hospital for stress, a rise of 410 (7%) on 2011 figures.

The gender split was fairly even, with men accounting for slightly more admissions (54%) compared to women (46%).

The North West was found to have the highest admission rate for stress of any region, while the South West had the lowest.

“It might be assumed that stress and anxiety are conditions that result in a journey to a GP consulting room rather than a hospital ward,” said HSCIC Chief Executive Tim Straughan.

“However, our figures suggest thousands of cases a year arise where patients suffering from stress or anxiety become hospitalised in England.

However, in contrast to stress, admissions for anxiety fell by almost 3% last year, from 8,810 to 8,590.

It was also found patients from the elderly population were most likely to be admitted for anxiety.