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Similar number of men,women face depression: Study

The proportion of men who experience symptoms of depression may be similar to the proportion of women.

Written by Reuters | New York |
August 31, 2013 12:30:45 am

The proportion of men who experience symptoms of depression may be similar to the proportion of women with depression when doctors look for non-traditional symptoms,according to a new study. Researchers found that one third of both men and women met the criteria for a depression diagnosis when traditional and alternative symptoms — such as aggression and sleep problems — were taken into account. “You end up getting very similar rates of depression,” Lisa Martin,the study’s lead author from the University of Michigan in Dearborn,said. About 16 percent of Americans currently meet the criteria for depression,Martin and her colleagues write in JAMA Psychiatry. Previous research has found women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with the condition. Other studies,however,have suggested that men don’t exhibit the same symptoms of depression as women.

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