Are male or female veterans more likely to suffer from depression?

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As in the general population, female veterans are nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression and related disorders than male veterans. They also experience depression somewhat differently. While depression sufferers generally have the same standard symptoms, women tend to show their feelings of sadness, guilt, and low self-image more outwardly than men. Men with depression get more irritable, angry, and discouraged, while women express more hopelessness and appear more helpless. Men tend to overwork or overindulge in alcohol or drugs to deal with depression. Partly for these reasons, men’s depression symptoms often go undetected and men are at a much higher risk for suicide than women with depression.

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