Anxiety/depression affects nearly one in five adults

Nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The survey, part of the ONS Measuring National Wellbeing programme, questioned 40,000 households between 2010 and 2011.  It found evidence of anxiety or depression in 19 per cent of all people aged 16 or over, and higher incidence (21 per cent) in women than men (16 per cent). People who were divorced or separated were more likely to have symptoms of mild to moderate mental ill health (27 per cent) than those who were single, cohabiting or widowed (20 per cent) or married or in a civil partnership (16 per cent). People not in paid work were also more likely to report a mental health problem (23 per cent vs 15 per cent of those in paid work). The survey also found a higher incidence of depression and anxiety among people with health concerns (38 per cent, compared with 11 per cent of those with no health concerns). Carers were more likely to report mild to moderate mental health issues (25 per cent compared with 17 per cent of people who did not provide informal care). The survey also found that 66 per cent of people in the UK were satisfied with their health but this fell to 53 per cent among those aged 80+.



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