Worried sick: Sussex hospital admissions for stress on the up

The Argus: Worried sick: Sussex hospital admissions for stress on the up Worried sick: Sussex hospital admissions for stress on the up

People worried about money and their jobs are being admitted to hospital with stress and anxiety in Sussex.

New figures reveal a growing number of the county's residents are developing serious problems which need urgent treatment.

Experts said stress and anxiety can have a “significant impact on people's mental, emotional and physical well-being” an heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

Hospitals across the county admitted someone with anxiety and stress-related problems 478 times between December 2012 and the end of last November, an increase from 466 in the same period the year before, figures obtained by The Argus from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal.

Patients who need specialist help are referred to the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust consultant psychologist Kate Hunt said: “We have seen a rise in referrals recently to both primary care and our specialist mental health services where we use a range of evidenced-based psychological therapies to address anxiety and stress related conditions.

“Many people experiencing stress and anxiety tell us their worries are related to their job or financial situation and support is given to help people address these issues.

“It is possible that the increase in referrals is in part due to the current economic climate but is also likely to reflect an increase in people's awareness of the services available to them.

“It is rare for people with mild or moderate anxiety and stress-related conditions to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals but these services are available for those who need more intensive support, usually when the anxiety or stress is most severe or when a patient also has other conditions such as severe depression or psychosis.”

A trust spokesman added: “We know anxiety and stress can have a significant impact on people's mental, emotional and physical well-being, which is why we encourage anyone experiencing problems to seek help as soon as possible.”

Anxiety is generally a long-term condition, characterised by the inability to stop worrying, to the extent where a sufferer's daily life is affected. It is linked with insomnia, difficulty concentrating and irritability.

Stress develops when someone is under too much mental or emotional pressure.

It causes a surge of "fight or flight" hormones in the body and can contribute to physical problems such as a high blood pressure.

Health bosses are focussing on providing support and services in a community setting and at as early a stage as possible to try to avoid situations where people become so unwell they need to go into hospital.

GPs are the first port of call for most patients, where they can be referred to counselling and other support services.

People needing urgent help can call the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 5000 101.

It is available Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9am and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.

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8:05am Wed 26 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Attention grabbing headline that is just not true. Nowhere in the article does it say that people are going to the A and E for stress.
Attention grabbing headline that is just not true. Nowhere in the article does it say that people are going to the A and E for stress. Martin999

8:17am Wed 26 Feb 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

..and an increase of 12 over the previous period hardly rates as a substantial increase at around 2.5%!
..and an increase of 12 over the previous period hardly rates as a substantial increase at around 2.5%! Tailgaters Anonymous

10:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

city-boy says...

Tip of an un-chipped away iceberg, and these are just the ones that have felt the need to turn up.

1 in 3 in debt, most on anti-depressants, pay day loan companies! Don't get me started.

Interesting that this story currently sits above the story that another poor soul has taken their life at beachy.......

says it all really above the modern day! something has gone wrong.
Tip of an un-chipped away iceberg, and these are just the ones that have felt the need to turn up. 1 in 3 in debt, most on anti-depressants, pay day loan companies! Don't get me started. Interesting that this story currently sits above the story that another poor soul has taken their life at beachy....... says it all really above the modern day! something has gone wrong. city-boy

10:34am Wed 26 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

Add to this the thousands who have apparently taken their life in the UK due to the intense stress of economic times and cage stress. Those seeking help are just the tip of the iceberg! Many humans simply cannot take this level of stress and worry of life in this overcrowded, dwindling basic resource country.
Add to this the thousands who have apparently taken their life in the UK due to the intense stress of economic times and cage stress. Those seeking help are just the tip of the iceberg! Many humans simply cannot take this level of stress and worry of life in this overcrowded, dwindling basic resource country. Juleyanne

10:40am Wed 26 Feb 14

s&k says...

Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.
Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%. s&k

11:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

Greyrun says...

s&k wrote:
Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.
Result of Labour crippling the country's finances.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.[/p][/quote]Result of Labour crippling the country's finances. Greyrun

11:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

s&k wrote:
Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.
I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.[/p][/quote]I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more. clubrob6

11:25am Wed 26 Feb 14

s&k says...

clubrob6 wrote:
s&k wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.
I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more.
Fair point. The public school power elite perpetuates itself.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.[/p][/quote]I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more.[/p][/quote]Fair point. The public school power elite perpetuates itself. s&k

9:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

We are the 99% says...

It's called survival of the fittest!
Those they can succeed - succeed!
The rest fall by the wayside!
This is the Tory/Lib Dem mantra!
It's also in Mein Kamp!
Says it all doesn't it about what we've allowed us to become?
Nothing will change - until we change back to what we were! A decent, caring compassionate society again!
But we can't change until the Tories are gone - permanently!
It's called survival of the fittest! Those they can succeed - succeed! The rest fall by the wayside! This is the Tory/Lib Dem mantra! It's also in Mein Kamp! Says it all doesn't it about what we've allowed us to become? Nothing will change - until we change back to what we were! A decent, caring compassionate society again! But we can't change until the Tories are gone - permanently! We are the 99%

9:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

We are the 99% says...

s&k wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
s&k wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.
I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more.
Fair point. The public school power elite perpetuates itself.
The American constitution starts with;
"We the people..........."
Honourable words!

But politicians in the US as well as here, have long ago forgotten, that a countries are only as good as it's people! And as in America (as well as here), our leaders have also long ago have forgotten, that they are meant to be our representatives of the people?

They see themselves as our rulers!

Remember the words of Edmund Burke:
"All it takes for evil to succeed, is for a few good men to do nothing!"

Sooner than later, we will HAVE to fight, as we will be boxed into a corner and given no choice but to fight!
Otherwise all what Charles Dickens and all our forefathers fought for, our rights for better working/living conditions..........
.are worthless!
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Prozac nation - Tory Britain 2014 - depresssed, downtrodden, debt ridden. Unless you're one of the 1%.[/p][/quote]I think we can say welcome to Tory,Labour,Lib dem Britain 2014 as all three parties are much the same run by the as you put it 1% ie millionaires.Untill we get normal people back into politics instead of millionaires who are just lining there own pockets the poorer in our country are going to suffer more.[/p][/quote]Fair point. The public school power elite perpetuates itself.[/p][/quote]The American constitution starts with; "We the people..........." Honourable words! But politicians in the US as well as here, have long ago forgotten, that a countries are only as good as it's people! And as in America (as well as here), our leaders have also long ago have forgotten, that they are meant to be our representatives of the people? They see themselves as our rulers! Remember the words of Edmund Burke: "All it takes for evil to succeed, is for a few good men to do nothing!" Sooner than later, we will HAVE to fight, as we will be boxed into a corner and given no choice but to fight! Otherwise all what Charles Dickens and all our forefathers fought for, our rights for better working/living conditions.......... .are worthless! We are the 99%

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