DepressionThe number of people living with depression in England has risen by almost 500,000 since 2010, an analysis of NHS data has found.
By the end of 2010, there were 4.7 million people diagnosed with depression. Now, data suggests that figure is rapidly rising.
People experience depression in many different ways but perhaps the most prominent feature is a low or sad mood state. Anyone can get low at times, but with depression the feelings don't go away quickly and may be so bad they interfere with everyday life.
Sometimes there is an obvious reason for feeling down but it may not always be clear and there may even be more than one reason. It may be that it has come on gradually and struggling has become a way of life, coping for example by keeping busy. Other related signs include stress, exhaustion or physical problems such as headaches. There are different types of depressive reaction ranging from mild mood fluctuations or 'the blues' to severe clinical depression. For most people a depressive reaction is triggered by a set of life events which they are finding difficult to cope with.
I hope together we can explore and understand the many factors both in the present and the past that have led you to feel the way you do.
You are not alone, according to the Government's Mental Health Handbook about 12 per cent of the population experience depression severe enough to require treatment at some time or other in their life.