Ways Men & Women Deal With Depression Differently
It’s no secret that men and women are different, and that is inherently true when it comes to how they handle depression.
In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. Of those numbers it’s estimated that woman experience depressions twice the amount as men and only 40% of woman will seek help for depression.
Given how we all live today, fast paced & financially pressured, constantly bombarded with information and noise it can be challenging to keep our thoughts positive. Life is stressful and trying to juggle that with career, kids and relationships is a challenge for all of us.
When was the last time you felt truly at peace and enjoyed clarity of thought and absolute relaxation?
The Core Characteristics Are The Same
Men and women share the same core set of depression symptoms: depressed mood, lack of motivation, loss of pleasure in activities and hobbies, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, feelings of guilt and difficulty concentrating. However, studies suggest that there are some differences in the symptom patterns exhibited by men and women which we will go into below.
Some of shared symptoms include
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
So what are the differences in depression of men vs woman?
Things Men Are More Likely To Do
For men, depression is often overlooked as men typically feel it’s a sign of weakness. Men are more likely to deny depression because they feel they need to be strong and in control of their emotions. In Australia, expressing emotions is more often considered as a feminine trait or the new aged guy.
The fact is however that both men and woman suffer depression and we all need to get better at identifying the symptoms and getting help for those that need. The rate of suicide is actually much higher in men and likely stems from the inability to openly discuss their emotions and talk about their problems.
- Turns to drug
- Abusing alcohol or other substances
- Escaping by staying at work late, playing a lot of video games or spending a lot more time working out or playing sports
- Risk-taking, like driving recklessly or while drinking
- Being irritable or frequently exploding in anger
- Becoming controlling, violent or abusive
- Behave aggressively
- Loss of interest in work and hobbies
- Commit suicide
- Blame others
Things Woman Are More Likely To Do
On the other hand, Women are almost 2 times as likely to be diagnosed with depression. This often can be caused because of hormonal changes that a woman will begin to experience from puberty onward. Child birth or issues associate with pregnancy can also have a significant impact on a woman’s life with over 15% of woman suffer from post natal depression.
- Feel guilty
- Feel Sad
- Feel helpless
- Sleep more
- Eat more, gain weight or alternatively develop an eating disorder
- Attempt suicide
- Blame themselves
Depression Statistics For Men & Woman
Need Help With Depression?
Here at the Brain Wellness Spa we help people just like you to break free from the grip of depression. Your pathway to a life free of Depression can begin today with the Brain Wellness Spa’s Depression Success Program.
Brain Wellness Spa has developed a drug free solution called Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR) which has revolutionised the way we treat mental and emotional illnesses. Using QNR we help people just like you to break free from the grip of depression so that you can embrace life with confidence, clarity, certainty and a sense of knowing that you are safe and that everything is going to be OK.