We are in the grip of a depression epidemic. At least, that’s what you would assume from the latest figures that show rates of it are rising faster than any other condition.
Despite living in an advanced, affluent society, free from war or famine, we are apparently becoming more and more miserable with, on average, one in ten people affected.
In some areas in England, as many as one in six patients has now been diagnosed with depression, according to new figures from NHS Digital.
That is a staggering number and if true, indicates a full-scale public health crisis.