HC Deb 29 November 1995 vol 267 cc721-2W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the incidence of clinical depression in the United Kingdom. [2223]

Mr. Bowis

The report of the first national survey of psychiatric morbidity in Great Britain, commissioned by my Department, was published in May 1995. This described the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among adults aged 16 to 64 living in private households and showed that in this population 77 per 1,000 adults were suffering from mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and 21 per 1,000 adults from a depressive episode.

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