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Is masked depression serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Masked depression can be a serious, even life-threatening, condition. The behaviors associated with masked depression such as substance abuse, alcohol abuse and eating disorders can have serious, debilitating effects on the body. In addition, depression is a leading cause of suicide.

Because of the elusive nature of the condition, the rate of incidence for masked depression is difficult to estimate. Approximately 30 percent of people who visit their doctor have symptoms of some form of depression. The rate of incidence for teenagers and young adults may be even higher.

You should talk with your doctor about masked depression if you are experiencing a condition that is commonly associated with it such as substance abuse, alcoholism or an eating disorder. You should also consult your doctor if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or a desire to harm yourself.

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