Are some veterans more prone to depression than others?

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Some veterans may be more prone than others to experience depression. Female veterans have depression twice as often as male veterans. Veterans who are separated or divorced (especially if they are male) are subject to depression more than married veterans. Serious illness increases the risk of depression. Those with a prior history of depression are likely to develop it again. Depression often develops in veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Caucasian male veterans with depression are more likely to commit suicide than Latino or African-American veterans. Interestingly, those with diagnosed PTSD are less likely to commit suicide. It is believed this is because PTSD has become a more accepted disorder in veterans, and those with symptoms of PTSD are more likely to seek psychiatric help.

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