1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared with 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. Doctors are also more likely to treat depression in women than in men, even when they present with identical symptoms.
Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are distributed according to a gradient of economic disadvantage across society, with the poorer and more disadvantaged suffering disproportionately from common mental health problems and their adverse consequences.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists found that the number of older people affected by depression is much higher than this. This figure is estimated to be 1 in 5 older people (rates are thought to be double this in older people living in care homes).
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, around 50% of older people with depression receive no help from the National Health Service.
Depression tends to recur in most people. More than 50% of people who have one episode of depression will have another, while those who have a second episode have a further relapse risk of 70%.
Children with at least one depressed parent have a 50% chance of developing depression themselves before the age of 20.
The World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease.
Source: Reading University
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