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Study: Depression equally common among men, women

It’s long been thought that women are more prone to depression then men. But men may be just as likely to suffer from depression, according to research that considered alternative symptoms that are not included in the standard criteria used to diagnose the condition. These symptoms, which are more often seen in men, included anger attacks, aggression, substance abuse, and risk taking.

In this study, researchers at the University of Michigan looked at data from a mental health survey that included more than 3,000 women and 2,000 men. They first used a scale designed to assess alternative male-type depression symptoms and found that 26 percent of the men and 22 percent of the women met the criteria for depression.

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