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How does depression look different in men and women?

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Signs of depression in men may be different from those in women. Instead of appearing sad, men often can become irritable or aggressive, drink too much, or act recklessly.

Men often don't recognize or admit they're depressed, and they are less likely than women to seek help for depression. Also, because the signs of depression in men can look different than they do in women, doctors may not diagnose it as often. For these reasons, depression in men may often go unidentified and untreated.

From: Depression in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  

Cochran, S. , 2003.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Depression in Men." 

National Institutes of Mental Health: "Men and Depression." 

Zimmerman, M. , 2006.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Gotlib I, Hammen C. , Guilford Press, 2002.  Handbook of Depression

World Health Organization: "Is Depression a Disease of Poverty?" 

Rupke, S. January 1, 2006.  American Family Physician,

Mann, J. 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Men."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:  

Cochran, S. , 2003.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Depression in Men." 

National Institutes of Mental Health: "Men and Depression." 

Zimmerman, M. , 2006.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Gotlib I, Hammen C. , Guilford Press, 2002.  Handbook of Depression

World Health Organization: "Is Depression a Disease of Poverty?" 

Rupke, S. January 1, 2006.  American Family Physician,

Mann, J. 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Men."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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