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Recession ‘is leading to increase in mental illness’

8th September 2010

The likelihood of UK residents being affected by mental illnesses has risen as a result of the recent economic downturn, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Jim Bolton, a spokesman for the organisation, has stated that stress-inducing issues such as debt concerns and unemployment are making it more likely that people will be affected by anxiety and depression.

Recent research by Mind showed that visits from bailiffs are often linked to suicidal thoughts, while an August 2010 study in the British Journal of Psychiatry showed a connection between low incomes or living standards and psychiatric disorders.

Dr Bolton backed these findings, stating that the majority of patients he encounters are affected by stresses including lifestyle concerns, a lack of social support and isolation.

He said: "We can safely predict that as the recession bites and more people are unemployed and more people are in debt, then mental health problems will increase."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800056518-ADNFCR

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