Men and women are equally depressed
While women are typically diagnosed with depression more often than men, a new study finds the genders almost equal in terms of suffering from the condition. The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, concluded that 30.6 percent of men and 33.3 percent of women classified as depressed when accounting for traditional and alternative symptoms.
Researchers looked at data from a national mental health survey of 3,310 women and 2,382 men. When including different alternative male-associated symptoms — anger attacks, aggression, substance abuse, risk taking — the percentage of men meeting the criteria for depression almost matched the percentage for women.
The study concluded that men are less likely to reveal traditional symptoms to their doctor and, therefore, may not be diagnosed properly. These findings may help doctors develop new approaches to diagnosing depression differently for men and women.