,Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Are you a man taking antidepressants? Well, you aren’t alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 men are now taking antidepressants. That’s a 69% increase from the 1999 statistics where only 5% of men reported medication use. What’s odd is that nearly half of those prescribed are for reasons other than depression. Such ailments include pain, insomnia and anxiety.
According to Fred Rabinowitz, Ph.D., “Male depression sometimes manifests through the ‘male code’ that says you cannot show weakness, sadness, or vulnerability”. Some of these men may be getting treated incorrectly because they fear coming forward with their depression. Men also display different symptoms when dealing with depression, so traditional criteria often misses a diagnosis. Sadness is not the hallmark for male depression; anger, substance abuse, and impulsivity are often the underlying mechanisms.
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