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Stress related hospital admissions are on the increase

Recent figures have shown that hospital admissions for stress have risen by a staggering seven per cent in the 12 months leading up to May this year.

According to official statistics, in the one year period there were 6,370 hospital admissions for patients suffering from stress, including excessive emotional and mental pressure.

This figure represents a seven per cent increase (410 cases), compared to a two per cent increase in total hospital admissions during the same period.

A further breakdown of the figures by the NHS’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that it was admission rates among individuals aged between 18 and 60 that were the highest.

The South West of England had the lowest rate of stress related admissions whilst the North West had the lowest. It was also revealed that men accounted for a higher proportion of stress related admissions than women, accounting for 54 per cent of such patients.

According to chief executive of HSCIC Tim Straughan, whilst many would assume that issues such as anxiety and stress would lead to most individuals visiting their GP, in actual fact these figures are showing that thousands of cases arise each year in which patients are suffering so severely that they have to be admitted to hospital.

If you are feeling stressed and anxious for whatever reason and it has reached the stage where it is now beginning to impact your daily life and how you carry out everyday tasks and activities, your first port of call should be to pay a visit to your GP.

You can discuss your symptoms and how you are feeling with your GP in total confidence, and they will then be able to advise you on the best course of action and will possibly refer you on for treatment such as counselling.

In addition, you may find that complementary therapy can be used alongside conventional treatment for further benefits. Many complementary treatments are aimed at promoting relaxation and improving your overall sense of well-being on both a physical and emotional level.

To explore available types of complementary therapy, please visit our Therapy Topics section to find out more.

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