Psychiatric care and treatment for disorders such as depression is on the rise among Spanish women, a new study has concluded.
Scientists at four health centres in Madrid found that a quarter of the female population in Spain is taking antidepressants.
The research, which is published in the journal Atencion Primaria, also revealed that 30 per cent of women in the country are taking tranquilisers.
A link between family dysfunction and depression was investigated as one possible reason for the high incidence of psychiatric care.
Sonsoles Perez, lead author of the study, told Sinc: "Although one might think that family conflicts lead to greater consumption of psychopharmaceuticals among women, we did not find any such relationship.
"We think that greater training is needed in identifying SLE and family dysfunction, and recording these in patients' records in order to help psychologists, psychiatrists and primary healthcare specialists."
According to the NHS, 15 per cent of people in the UK will experience a severe depressive episode at some point in their lives.