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Study highlights risk of depression ‎for people who live alone

03-23-2012 12:58 BJT

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhuanet) -- People of working age who live alone are more likely to develop depression, compared with people living in families, said a Finnish study as quotede by media reports Friday.

They are 80 percnet more likely to be taking antidepressants, scientists found, adding the main factors are poor housing conditions for women and a lack of social support for men, who are both equally affected.

The participants in the study, published in BioMed Central's public health journal, were working-age Finns; 1,695 men and 1,776 women, with an average age of 44.6 years.

Lead scientist Dr Laura Pulkki-Raback, from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, said the real risk of mental health problems in people living alone could be much higher.

"This kind of study usually underestimates risk because the people who are at the most risk tend to be the people who are least likely to complete the follow up. We were also not able to judge how common untreated depression was."

The number of people living alone has doubled over the last three decades in a number of countries, reaching one in three in the UK and U.S.

(Agencies)

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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