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More women experience symptoms of depression and anxiety than men

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More middle-aged women are suffering from depression or anxiety and are more likely to have the condition than men, according to latest figures from the NHS Information Centre.

Figures show women aged 45 to 54 are at high risk of depression or anxiety-related disorders, with one in four (25%) suffering in 2007, a fifth higher than in 1993.

The highest increase has been seen in women aged 55 to 64, which jumped almost a third over the period, from 14% in 1993 to 18% in 2007.

The report from the NHS Information Centre, which is based on results from a questionnaire of 7,461 people aged over 16 in England, also shows more younger women are suffering from depression or an anxiety-related disorders. This group jumped from 20% in 1993 to 23% in 2007.

The figures suggest the mental health of women in England is getting worse and women are currently at greater risk of suffering a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety, than men.

In 2007 20% of all women had depression or anxiety, compared with 13% of men.

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