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Men: Don't ignore signs of depression

December 1, 2013

Anger or aches and pains can hide underlying depression. Seek prompt treatment to protect your heart and mind.

Most people think of depression as persistent sadness or "down" feeling. But the blues can come in different colors in men. Depression may also show itself as irritability and angry outbursts, or physical aches and pains. "A man with depression is more likely to practice denial of feelings, often trying to mask them with other behaviors," says Dr. Gregory Fricchione, director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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