In a latest study researchers have found even men are equally depressed like women though it looks different initially. It is learned when the symptoms such as rage, risk-taking, workholism and substance abuse are factored into a diagnosis, the disparity between depression rates disappears between men and women.
A study published by JAMA Psychiatry journal reveals that though it is believed women tend to have 70 percent more depression than men over their lifetimes, but major depression are more common in men.
The new finding has also solved the big question of mental health authorities that if men tend to be less depressed than women, then why men’s suicide rate is four times more than women.
Psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Leuchter who studies depression at the UCLA said, “When it comes to depression in men, to some extent we have blinders on… We have not been asking about and taking into account a range of symptoms that may be gender-specific.”
The researchers of health policy at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University conducted test for the feasibility of two new checklists and added more symptoms to diagnose depression with greater accuracy. Apart from the sadness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty sleeping and loss of interest in pleasurable activities, they also added aggression or irritability, anger attacks, risk-taking behavior, hyperactivity and substance abuse too. The two checklists were designed respectively to be gender-neutral and way the disease manifests itself in men.
LATimes.com writes, “The researchers tested these diagnostic criteria in a group of nearly 5,700 American adults who had been interviewed as part of a long-term study of mental health organized by researchers at Harvard Medical School; 41% of the participants were men.”