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March 3, 2011, 12:30 pm
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YAHOO: A report in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests male depression may increase in the 21st century. Economic conditions have already spawned the term “Mancession” to describe the difficulties men face in a changing job market that threaten their traditional role as family breadwinners.

One critical factor that may influence men’s ability to ward off depression is their adaptability in assuming major household responsibilities in lieu of paid work. Emory School of Medicine researchers Boadie Dunlop and Tanja Mletzko speculated that if women’s perceived superior child-rearing skills are learned rather than innate, men may be better able to make the transition than if the reverse is true.

Signs and Symptoms of Male Depression

Male depression does not fit the image of classic depression symptoms, with men so often taught to act strongly and hide vulnerabilities. But with 80 percent of all suicides in the United States occurring among men, male depression is very real. These are some of the signs and symptoms of male depression:

* Men turn their feelings outward, blaming others rather than themselves for their problems;

* They worry whether they are receiving enough love and praise, unlike depressed women who tend to doubt their own lovability and shy away from praise;

* Anger, irritability and egotism are indicators of possible male depression;

* Creating conflict and displaying hostility are signs of depression in men;

* Men tend to lash out and act controlling when depressed;

* Rather than sleep too much, depressed males sleep too little;

* Restlessness, agitation and hostility are symptoms of potential depression in males;

* Self-medication with alcohol, television, sports and sex are common symptoms of male depression.

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CNN) — The number of babies born in the United States dropped 2.6 percent last year, according to a recent study, the latest in a long list of falling indicators.

The birth rate, which takes into account changes in the population, fell to 13.5 births for every 1,000 people last year, from 13.9 births in 2008, and 14.3 births in 2007, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The news is not surprising, said Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, given the sad state of the American economy right now.

“The birth rate is falling because of the Great Recession. When people are unsure of their financial future, they tend to postpone having children,” Cherlin told CNN.

“It’s stronger now than in the last couple of recessions because this is a stronger recession,” he added.

The U.S. birth rate has been declining since the start of the economic downturn in late 2007. When the economy picks up, so should births, said Cherlin, though he stressed it will take time for people to feel secure again.

Some of the women postponing having children now will have them later, Cherlin said, while others never will. During the Great Depression in the 1930s, roughly 20 percent of women never had children — a percentage that Cherlin predicts the United States will hit again.

The number of actual babies born in the United States dropped to 4,136,000 in 2009, from 4,247,000 in 2008, the statistics center said.

“I think it’s likely to be a few years before this turns around,” said Cherlin.

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