Is there really a depression gender gap?

September 11, 2013

As a group, women are roughly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. However, a new U-M study suggests that depression may be just as common in men if alternative symptoms, such as anger, substance abuse, and risk-taking are considered along with traditional diagnostic criteria. Gender is likely to play an important role in how men and women conceptualize and experience depression, the study authors conclude, and clinicians should consider additional clues when assessing depression in both men and women. The JAMA Psychiatry study, co-authored by Depression Center member Harold Neighbors, Ph.D., was featured in USA Today, the International Business Times, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. 


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