May 2001

Depression's grip cuts wide swath

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Often referred to as a silent or invisible disorder, clinical depression affects approximately 10 per cent of the female population, and five per cent of the male population at any given time.

"Many people who are depressed put on a happy face. It's hard for people to say they are depressed, as there is often a sense of shame or personal failure associated with such an admission," says Dr. Keith Dobson, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary.

But depression can strike any age group from children to seniors.