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Hi,

I kind of noticed, and I've read this in lots of places, that women are more likely to experience depression.  I just wanted to get people's opinions on the stigma men have with dealing with depression.  I know for me sometimes it feels like it is "a woman's disease".

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Women are encouraged more to talk about their feelings.  Because of that, my guess is that more women than men seek help for depression.  I don't think the statistic is accurate.  Also, post-partum depression is a women's disease.  Maybe that is part of it.

More women than men attempt suicide.  More men than women are successful.  Why?  Women tend to do things like take pills or try to poison themselves with carbon monoxide from their cars.  If they are found early enough, they can be saved.  Men choose more violent methods, like shooting themselves or jumping.  More firearms are used in suicides than homicides.

Just some useless knowledge from...

~CS

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Hi CrazySoprano,

  That's an interesting insight that you made about men being less likely to come forward with their depression.  I think that makes a lot of sense.  I am a pretty insightful guy, but when it comes to things about me, I seem to always be locked into tunnel vision.  Like I can never see around my own problems, and I usually end up coming up with the gloomiest, i.e. the most NEGATIVE viewpoint, as it pertains to me.  In other words, I trap myself in my mind.  ;)

It's pretty frustrating.

  What you said reminds me, too, of a conversation I recently had with my family when I was down there from Oregon over Christmas break.  We were talking about health, and my sister pointed out the story of Jim Fix, a guy who excercised like crazy every day, and then dropped dead of a heart attack.  My sister was saying that it doesn't matter how you treat your body, and I pointed out that Fix's story made headlines because of it's peculiarity, and that in actuality statistically you are much better off if you excercise and eat right.  Seems obvious, but I guess my sister didn't get it.  Phew!  That was a lot to post.

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