Although depression is on the rise in the UK, people are not as reluctant to seek treatment for the condition as they used to be, according to experts. Nargis Ara, medical and scientific affairs consultant and pharmacist, explained: "I think people are less shy or worried now about seeking to get help because there is also an increased trend of people [having greater] medical education, because of the internet, because of social media and because of media generally." Moreover, as more and more people experience depression, society becomes desensitised, as they are more exposed to the condition. This has beneficial effects for patients, in so far as it alleviates those feelings of alienation common with depression. Furthermore, researchers can better gauge the extent of problem as more people seek help. Currently, one in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. However, women are more likely to seek help for a mental health problem than men. Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.