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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