People who are living alone are likely to get more depressed, according to a new report. Researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health have found that working people who live alone fall into depression. They found that people who live alone take more anti- depressant pills than people who live with family.

Researchers who conducted a study on 3,500 working men and women who use anti-depressant pills for seven years found that working people who lived alone take more anti-depressant pills.

According to the researchers, people who live alone do not get a chance to share their emotions with someone. They feel that they have been left isolated, so they easily fall into depression.

The number of people living alone has doubled over the last three decades, reaching one in three in the UK and the US, according to the Press Association.

"Loneliness and isolation results in people having fewer outlets to talk about how they are feeling, which is something that we know can really help to manage and recover from a mental health problem," the BBC quoted Beth Murphy, head of information at mental health charity Mind as saying.

He said it is essential that people who live alone are given the most appropriate treatment such as talking therapies, which provide safe, supportive environments to discuss and work through problems, rather than simply being left to rely solely on antidepressants.