How Men and Women Cope Differently With Depression

depression differences between men and womenDepression affects all of us in similar ways but how we deal with it can vary hugely. For example, the things that women are more likely to do when trying to deal with their depression include:

  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling helpless
  • Sleeping more
  • Eating more and gaining weight
  • Attempting suicide (but usually fail)

Studies have showed however that men tend to deal with this mental health condition much differently. They are more likely to:

  • Turn to drugs
  • Turn to alcohol
  • Eat less and lose weight
  • Sleep less
  • Become irritable
  • Become prone to sudden anger
  • Lose emotional control
  • Take unnecessary risks
  • Behave aggressively
  • Acknowledge a loss of interest in work and hobbies
  • Successfully commit suicide

When you compare depression in men and women, women experience the condition twice as often as men do. 10% of new fathers will suffer from postnatal depression whereas 15% of women fall victim to this. Despite depression rates being higher amongst women however, the suicide rate among men is 4 times that of women.

People with depression have been found to be four times more likely to have a heart attack than those who don’t have it. The latest figures reveal that 435,000 women have heart attacks annually and this nearly doubles for men at 820,000.

Divorced and single men are typically more likely to suffer from depression than women in the same situation but married women are more likely to be depressed than married men. A staggering 40% of women will not seek professional help to deal with their depression and this figure rises to 50% amongst men.

If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering from depression, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programme page for more information and advice. If you would like to talk about treatment you can contact us today.

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