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Face It Foundation: Depression impacts millions of Americans each year

In today’s environment when a man admits he is depressed he is admitting he is “weak,” “not in control of his emotions” and not a “real” man. Lost in these assertions are these basic facts; men get depressed, they frequently ignore or don’t recognize their depression, they often refuse any help once confronted with depression, and they represent a disproportionate number of suicides due to untreated depression.
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In today’s environment when a man admits he is depressed he is admitting he is “weak,” “not in control of his emotions” and not a “real” man. Lost in these assertions are these basic facts; men get depressed, they frequently ignore or don’t recognize their depression, they often refuse any help once confronted with depression, and they represent a disproportionate number of suicides due to untreated depression.

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