'They will be struggling at work, not sleeping, drinking too much alcohol or getting headaches. But they know somewhere that it's not really the problem.
This may be because it is hard to recognise your own depression.
We all know what it is like to feel sad when something bad happens but with depression the feelings go on for much longer and you don't bounce back' says Dr Jun Bolton, a psychiatrist in south-west London.
"If you think you are depressed
you should see your GP.
It won't be an uncomfortable conversation GPs"
Only one in four people who need mental health treatment are getting it, says a report published last week by the London School of Economics. This is partly due to people not realising that they have a mental illness but also a lack of resources to treat them.
The most common mental health problems are depression and anxiety, which often co-exist.
Other problems such as schizophrenia are also under-treatedbut are rarer and a higher proportion of people get help.
Depression is a relapsing condition for half of those who have it - but for the other half it can be cured.
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Monday, June 25, 2012