Is major depressive disorder (clinical depression) more common in boys or girls?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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In prepubertal children, boys and girls are affected equally. Hankin et al found that the most critical time for sex differences in depression to emerge is from age 15-18 years. [55] During this period, the increase in overall rates of depression and onset of new cases of depression peak.


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