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What are some barriers to effective treatment of depression in men?

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  • Men are less likely to recognize that they are under stress or unhappy, let alone ill.
  • Men are less likely to consult their doctor when distressed.
  • If they do consult their doctor, they are more likely to complain of physical symptoms (for example, stomach ache) or vague ill-health.
  • Health professionals are often less likely to consider a diagnosis of mental illness in men.
  • Some of the young men who kill themselves without ever seeking help seem to not have an identifiable mental illness. Rather, they are troubled by a philosophical dilemma, a dis-ease (sic) of the soul, for which suicide seems the solution.

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