More than 20 million Brits have suffered with anxiety or depression over their lifetime

MORE than 20million Brits have suffered anxiety or depression over their lifetime, a study suggests.

Overall, 45 per cent of adults were or had been blighted by mental health problems, and one in ten self-harmed.

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Nearly nine out of ten people feel mental illness is a major problem in the UK[/caption]

Women are four times more likely than men to deliberately hurt themselves. But blokes are twice as likely to turn to drink for relief.

Mike Dixon, chief of drug and alcohol charity Addaction which polled 2,000 adults, said: “This shows the sheer scale of what we’re dealing with.

“These are common, everyday issues affecting tens of millions of people in the UK.

“The numbers reflect what we’re seeing and hearing in our services all over the country. People are struggling.

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Charity boss Mike Dixon says mental health is affecting tens of millions of people in the UK[/caption]

“We’re only reaching a tiny fraction of those who need help. And as a society we’re unprepared for changing trends among women and young people.”

The poll also found that one in ten have been hit by an eating disorder. Four per cent have tried illegal drugs to help with mental health struggles.

And nine in ten felt mental illness was a major problem for the nation.

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