Caitlin has had depression
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How the recession is causing depression

Economic problems may be fuelling a rise in depression in England, it has been suggested.

Prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years, data obtained by the BBC showed.

GPs and charities say they are increasingly being contacted by people struggling with debt and job worries.

Caitlin, 28, from Manchester, has struggled with mental health problems since adolescence.

But financial problems in the last year have made it worse and she has recently been prescribed anti-depressants.

She used to work in a residential care home for children, but has been out of work for 12 months.

She is currently doing voluntary work at the Ann Lee Centre in Manchester, offering support to other women with severe mental health problems.

  • 07 Apr 2011