There are several reasons why UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) people suffer from depression, a great deal of the land mass is bombarded by miserable chilling weather, substance abuse and drinking levels are soaring.
Before you pack your bags and leave in search of better shores to find a happier lifestyle, the UK certainly isn’t alone in the top-ranking countries for depression in Europe.
Below is a list showing the top-ranking countries with depression, with the percentage of adults aged 25-65 from top to bottom:
- Iceland 14
- Ireland 12
- Germany 12
- Turkey 12
- Finland 11
- Portugal 11
- United Kingdom 10
- Sweden 10
- Luxembourg 10
- Netherlands 9
- Latvia 9
- Austria 8
- Denmark 8
- Norway 8
- Slovenia 8
- Austria 8
- Belgium 7
- Spain 7
- France 6
- Estonia 5
- Czech Republic 4
- Greece 4
- Italy 4
- Poland 4
- Slovak Republic 4
Over the years psychologists have begun to understand that there is evidence suggesting optimism is related to activity in an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, that has both genetic and environmental influences.
In recent years the UK has seen a decline in mental well-being, not just in depression but across the board. See here…
Could it be the Brexit? Some might say, recently in an open letter to the Guardian a gentleman, Phillip Grove invited Brits to escape the misery of the UK however, Sweden’s depression rate is equal to that of the UK. Whilst you might avoid the politics you won’t avoid the sadness there. See here….
So which parts of the UK are the most depressed?
Well here is a map showing where the most anti-depressives for England:
It seems that Birmingham and London are one of the least depressed places to live in England, assuming that everyone with depression seeks some form of medication for their depression.
Unfortunately data for the rest of the UK has not been compiled into such an easy to see map yet. Health services in the UK are devolved, which means the NHS in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all different in funding and direction.
For instance in Scotland, free medical care means that patients are not expected to pay for their medicine, whilst in Wales, although perscriptions are free, some patients are refused life-saving surgery if they cannot pay thousands of pounds for treatment.
Northern Ireland has been described as “woefully inadequate” in terms of mental health services, with a much higher instance of PTSD than the rest of the UK.
Dr Deirdre Heenan, a University of Ulster academic and health expert who was commissioned in 2011 detailed that:
“Research carried out by Ulster University concluded that there was a very high level of conflict-related trauma exposure with associated mental health implications and significant economic consequences. But at present mental health services are woefully inadequate, disjointed and reactive rather than proactive,” she said.
In a separate report, co-written by fellow University of Ulster academic Colin Anderson, Heenan said Northern Ireland had 25% more people with mental health problems than England and Scotland.
“There is a clear link between mental health and social and economic issues in Northern Ireland, and deprivation is a key variable dictating the degree to which the Troubles impacts on individuals and communities,”
However, the most “miserable” cities were compiled for the UK recently, which showed Edinburgh as the most miserable city in the UK.
The most miserable cities in the UK:
- Brighton and Hove
The “study” seems to be exceptionally limited to myself