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Depression is a very common problem and can manifest itself in many different ways, particularly between genders. Major depression affects approximately 14 million American adults (6.7% of the population) 18 years or older. Signs and symptoms of depression can be expressed in both physical and emotional ways.
The emotional symptoms are more recognizable signs of depression. These symptoms include:
The physical symptoms of depression can be associated with other conditions, particularly chronic pain etiologies. In fact, many people may not associate these symptoms with depression and may not seek the appropriate help to manage their depression. These symptoms include:
Of particular concern is depression in men. Research suggests that men are less likely to recognize their signs of depression and subsequently seek help due to cultural biases. Although men are half as likely as women to develop major depression - it is estimated that 10% to 17% of men will develop major depression at some point in their lives - the end result can be much more deadly: men are four times more likely to die from suicide than women.
Depression is treatable; if you or someone you know is exhibiting these signs it is important to seek appropriate medical attention.
If you need help and don't know where to turn, here are some resources to call.
Recognizing the symptoms of depression. WebMD.
Recognizing depression in men. Harvard Health Publication.
Last Updated: 1/31/2013