De­pres­sion lev­els in UK hit 4.7mil­lion

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THE num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion has risen by HALF A MIL­LION in three years, new fig­ures show.

Be­tween 2008 and 2011, there was an in­crease of 494,087 cases of de­pres­sion in Eng­land – bring­ing the to­tal to 4.7 mil­lion, re­search by data ex­perts Ssen­tif show.

In York­shire and Hum­ber­side, there has been a surge in the num­ber of pa­tients who suf­fer from the ill­ness with an in­crease of 65,000 since 2008.

In the North East, 18,000 new cases were recorded.

Judy Al­dred, from Ssen­tif, said: “We have to re­mem­ber that the real num­bers are likely to be much higher as many peo­ple do not seek GP sup­port for their con­di­tions.

“These are sig­nif­i­cant in­creases.”

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