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How typical is it for someone to have undiagnosed depression for 20 or more years?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: It happens

I don't know how common it is but it can certainly happen.
Men often self-medicate when in denial for depression. Some people are very capable of white- knuckling through symptoms. Defenses like minimization and rationalization can keep many people from being evaluated and properly diagnosed.

In brief: It happens

I don't know how common it is but it can certainly happen.
Men often self-medicate when in denial for depression. Some people are very capable of white- knuckling through symptoms. Defenses like minimization and rationalization can keep many people from being evaluated and properly diagnosed.
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