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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 8, 2015

Men’s Mental Health Disparities

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JAMA. 2015;314(10):984. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10611

Nearly 9% of men feel anxious or depressed on a daily basis, but fewer than half take medication or seek help from a mental health professional, according to 2010-2013 data from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey.

During in-person surveys of more than 21 000 men, 9% of white men told CDC investigators they felt anxious or depressed every day compared with 7.3% of black and Hispanic men. Depression and anxiety were more prevalent in men 45 years and older (9.4%) than in younger men (7.6%), largely because of racial and ethnic differences: younger black and Hispanic men were 30% less likely than their white counterparts to report daily depression (Blumberg SJ et al. NCHS Data Brief. 2015;[206]:1-8).

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