Postcode Lottery for sufferers of depression and anxiety
By Catherine Walker
NHS figures show that nearly half of the individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety return to full health after receiving a course of psychological therapy treatment.
While talking therapy is successful for 42% of people across Britain it is worrying to look at the figures released from a new report. It would appear that the treatment which you receive and recovery rates vary hugely from one area of Britain to another.
The figures are part of an examination of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. This programme was launched in 2008 and is being rolled out across England. Its aim is to reduce the number of people who are unable to work through depression-related conditions.
It shows that with an estimated 6.1 million people suffering from depression and anxiety in Britain, only 2% gained access to treatment during the first quarter of 2011.
The variations of recovery would appear to be dependent on the Primary Care Trust (PCT) which covers the area in which you live. These variations are highlighted below.
Top 10 PCTS for overcoming depression:
PCT Recovery rate
North Lincolnshire ` 61.8%
South East Essex 60.2%
North Staffordshire 57.8%
Worst 10 PCTs for overcoming depression:
PCT Recovery Rate
Hull Teaching 7%
East Riding of Yorkshire 12%
Halton and St. Helens 15%
Sunderland Teaching 15.8%
Waltham Forest 24.2%
Birmingham East & North 24.3%
East Sussex Downs & Weald 26.9%
Typically, talking therapies are the first form of NHS treatment for individuals who are suffering with depression. This form of treatment can be highly successful but we must remember that everyone is different. For some there is little improvement after their allocated treatment is finished. For them it is vital that they can access different types of counselling or alternative treatment for as long as they need it or until they reach a full recovery.