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What is depression, and who gets it?

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Depression is a serious but treatable brain disease that can strike anyone. Clinical depression is much more than just feeling down. It is a serious disruption of a person’s regular way of thinking, feeling, and acting.

In America, more than 6 million men have depression each year. If untreated, it can lead to personal, family, and financial problems. The most serious consequence of depression in men is suicide. Men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide.

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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