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What are some old ideas about depression in men that need to end?

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It's hard to shake the old ideas about depression in men: "Real men don't cry," or "Men have to always be in control of their feelings." But it's time to add this new idea to the list: Depression is a medical illness, and it can afflict men and women.

You wouldn't ignore pneumonia, heart disease, or diabetes. So if you think you might have clinical depression, be a real man and take care of yourself. Ask for help, and get treated.

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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