It has been as bad year for people residing in England and they are a affected by recession and above that the use of anti-depressant medications has increased immensely. As per the research conducted recently on the rising demand for anti-depressant drugs the major reason was psychological that was caused due to recession. The demand has increased by 28 percent in the past three years coinciding with the country’s fall into recession and the global economic crisis, new figures showed Friday.

The prescription for anti- depressant medication has increased from 34 million to 43.4 million between 2007-08 and 2010-11, according to figures from the National Health Service (NHS) Information Centre.  The use of anti-anxiety drugs rose by 8% over the period, from just over six million to 6.5 million, while prescriptions for sleeping pills rose three percent to 10.2 million.

According to experts the increase may be due to stress around the economic crisis, which began in 2008, as well as greater awareness of mental illness.

According to The Independent newspaper, depression is costing the country almost £11 billion (13 billion Euros, $16 billion) a year in lost earnings, demands on the state-run NHS and drug prescriptions.