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Depression more common in older women

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Older women are twice as likely to become depressed as older men, according to a study.
Researchers in the US surveyed 754 people aged over 70 for six years. More women than men were depressed at each 18-month follow up period.

They also only had a 27% chance of snapping out of depression – but also had a lower probability of death.

Authors write: ‘Women had a higher likelihood of transitioning from non-depressed to depressed and a lower likelihood of transitioning from depressed to non-depressed or death.’

Archives of General Psychiatry (2008) 65:172-178
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