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Major depression is now the leading cause of disability globally and ranks fourth in the ten leading causes of the global burden of disease[1]. Women are diagnosed with depression twice as frequently as men, for a variety of reasons.

A patient named Jamie arrives at your medical office, and complains of feeling very "down" lately. Jamie has been over-sleeping in the morning, yet feels low in energy. Jamie has lost interest in activities that were once enjoyable, and is now upset that social relationships have suffered. Jamie has been less productive at work lately and admits to crying quite frequently. Jamie has a past history of depression, and has previously taken anti-depressants.

1.Is Jamie a man or a woman?

If you chose one or the other, what characteristics do you think influenced your opinion?


1. World Health Organization. The world health report, Project Atlas. Mental health: New Understanding, New hope.

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