In a recent study by Epocrates, over 500 clinicians shared their opinions on trends in diagnosis, gender differences, risk factors and personal experience with depression. One part of their findings that I found particularly interesting was gender differences.
I’ve never thought about gender differences before, but after reading the survey results, I can see how depression can be an especially difficult subject for men.
Especially interesting is that gender plays a role in the discussion of depression between male patients and their health care providers. According to the survey, 30 per cent of clinicians report being less likely to discuss depression with men. One reason for this is that men are less “open” than women and much more resistant to address depression.
Another reason that depression may go undiagnosed in men is because they often exhibit different symptoms, such as anger.
A scary revelation by the National Institute of Mental Health is that the rate of suicide in men is four times that of women, lending even greater importance to early diagnoses in men.
Men, I’d love to hear from you. Is it more difficult to be a man with depression than a woman with depression? What do you think?