Health: Real Men Get The Blues

Depression is twice as common among women as men, but it may be the guys who suffer most

It wasn't easy for Bill Thielker to believe it when his doctor diagnosed him as depressed--mostly because he wasn't terribly sad. The 54-year-old landscape photographer and graphic designer felt lousy, all right--empty, unmotivated, detached from the people around him. But that was more or less how he'd always felt. "It was normal for me," he says. "I didn't realize anything was wrong. I just assumed life sucks and that's that."

If Thielker was depressed and didn't know it, he was not alone. More than 14 million adults in the U.S. have suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, and...

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