In The News02 Dec 2013
Depression harder to spot in men
ABOUT one in six of us will experience full-blown depression in our lifetime. However while women are more likely to talk to others about how they are feeling, men may express their depression in ways that are harder to spot.
When England cricketer Jonathan Trott recently quit the Ashes tour because of a “long-standing stressrelated condition”, he was bravely choosing to acknowledge and tackle his problems rather than soldiering on in silence. But sadly he is still the exception rather than the rule.
Left untreated depression can lead to suicide. There were 4,898 suicides in England and Wales last year, of which 3,784 (77 per cent) were male.
Suicide is the leading cause of death of men aged 15-34, taking 1,006 lives in 2012.
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