Scientific research continues to reveal that while men and women are overwhelmingly similar, there remain some key distinctives between the sexes. For example, although men and women both experience depression, it doesn’t look exactly the same for them. Here are some key gender-related differences:
Women Face a Higher Risk
Women are two times more likely than men to become depressed. The biological divide is partly due to hormonal differences between men and women. Even during fetal development men and women are experiencing differences in brain development that will affect their higher or lower vulnerability to depression.
Women Ruminate More
When women become depressed they tend to spend more time focusing on their negative emotions and thinking problems over and over in their head. This negative self-talk is called rumination and women do it more than men. When men feel depressed, they quickly find a way to distract themselves and their thoughts. This ability to redirect negative thoughts is a key skill for breaking out of depression.
Women More Vulnerable to Stress
It could be thanks to hormones, but women are more likely than men to become depressed following a stressful situation.
Women Frequently Experience Another Mental Health Disorder
It’s one of those gender injustices, but depressed women tend to experience another mental health disorder along with depression more often than men. Eating disorders and anxiety disorders in particular affect depressed women more than men.
Men Use Substances Before, Women After
Men and adolescent boys tend to ease any troubled emotions with drugs or alcohol before they actually become depressed while women tend to turn to substances after they become depressed.
Men and Women and Antidepressants
Although we don’t quite know why, but men and women respond differently to antidepressants.
Whether you are a man or a woman, depression is a real illness. And like a real illness, it can be treated. Family Guidance offers treatment for depression that can break the bonds of chronic sadness. Contact them today.