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Gender Roles and Identity and Depression

Gender Roles and Identity and Depression

Research has indicated that women who are depressed are more likely to show “typical” (or recognizable) emotional symptoms, such as crying. 

Men may be more likely to express depression in the following ways:

  • Misusing alcohol or other substances
  • Irritability, frequent outbursts, or “explosive” anger
  • Risk-taking (such as reckless driving or substance-impaired driving)
  • Escapism (e.g., working late, spending more time at the gym, playing video games for hours).

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Biological Sex, Gender Identity, and Depression

On their own, biological sex and gender differences may not have a powerful impact. When combined with other factors, such as life stressors, sexism, toxic masculinity, trauma, and co-occurring mental health conditions like anxiety, substance use disorders, or eating disorders, these influences may make a person more prone to depression.

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Sexual Minorities and Depression

Studies have consistently shown that the rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide are high in the LGBTQ+ community.

Studies have also shown that kids and teens experiencing gender dysphoria and/or questioning their sexual orientation are more vulnerable to depression. 

People in sexual minority groups often lack equitable access to health care, including mental health services. While they may begin in youth, these disparities can persist into adulthood.

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Is Depression Different in Women and Men?

Depression is characterized by a core set of symptoms including low mood, lack of motivation, loss of pleasure in activities and hobbies, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, feelings of guilt, and difficulty concentrating.

It's long been thought that men and women experience and express depression in different ways, but that doesn't mean the condition could be divided into two distinct forms. 

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Biological Sex and Depression

Research has repeatedly indicated that women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression.

One possible explanation is that hormonal changes that are specific to the female body could influence the onset of depression. 

Studies in support of the theory also indicate that there is a disparity in depression risk between males and females that peaks in adolescence. 

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What is depression?

From a medical standpoint, depression is defined​ as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of depressed mood or sadness and the often profound loss of interest in things that usually bring you pleasure.

Depression affects how you feel, think, and behave and can interfere with your ability to function and carry on with daily life. There are many different causes of depression, some of which we don't fully understand. 

Seven of the more common types of depression include the following.

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The Invisible Illness Called Depression

Depression is a serious mental illness and can be overlooked by friends and family because the depressed person expends precious energy just to camouflage the problem.

Depression is like a chameleon for therapists as it has different manifestations for different individuals based on their age, gender and a cocktail of other emotional issues that form a unique package.

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