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Wednesday, September 05, 2012 9:00 AM
Podcast: Tough Guy Mentality and Depression

Rand: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Rand Gardner with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.

Although great strides have been made in our awareness of depression and the need to seek treatment, there is a lingering stigma about the disease. An AHRQ-funded study explores how a toughness trait in both men and women affects our decisions about getting professional help for the condition. Depressed men are especially reluctant to seek help.

More from depression expert Ryan O’Loughlin in Rochester, New York.

Ryan O’Loughlin: What we found is that a tough guy mentality prevents some men from seeking treatment for depression. Compared with women, men more often said they preferred to wait and see if the symptoms resolved on their own. Women also displayed a toughness trait that negatively affected how they seek out treatment, although to a lesser degree.

Rand: To get AHRQ’s free guide, Medicines for Treating Depression, call 1-800-358-9295. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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