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Depression and men....

In my past posts I have talked a lot about anxiety and stress, today I want to discuss depression and men.

So what do we mean by depression? Depression refers to both negative affect (low mood) and/or absence of positive affect (lost of interest and pleasure in most activities) and it is usually accompanied by an assortment of emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms.

Depression is the most common mental health condition - and carries a significant burden in terms of treatment costs, effects on families/carers and workplace productivity. It is currently ranked the third most prevalent moderate and severe disabling condition globally by the World Health Organization (WHO). Whilst this figure is not a positive one, more than 80% of people with depression are treated within primary care services and recover. However, if untreated it may become a chronic disorder requiring secondary care treatment.