Navigation Links
Study Reveals Gender Gap in Spotting Depression
Date:11/14/2012

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to be able to identify symptoms of depression in women than men, according to a study that looked at how gender influences public perceptions of people with depression.

Study participants were given descriptions of identical symptoms of depression in a fictitious man and woman (named Jack and Kate) and asked whether they had depression and whether they should seek professional help.

Here's an example of how the symptoms were described: "For the past two weeks, Kate/Jack has been feeling really down. S/he wakes up in the morning with a flat, heavy feeling that sticks with her/him all day. S/he isn't enjoying things the way s/he normally would. S/he finds it hard to concentrate on anything."

Based on the information they were given, both men and women were likely to conclude that Kate had depression, but men were less likely than women to suggest that Jack had depression, according to study author Viren Swami. of the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.

All of the study participants, and especially men, found Kate's case significantly more distressing, hard to treat and worthy of sympathy than Jack's case. In addition, men were more likely than women to suggest that Kate seek professional mental health help, while both men and women were equally likely to make this suggestion for Jack.

Swami also found that skepticism about psychiatry and anti-scientific attitudes influenced people's views about depression.

The findings, published Nov. 14 in the journal PLoS One, could prove helpful in efforts to improve public awareness and knowledge about mental health issues, Swami said in a journal news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: PLoS One, news release, Nov. 14, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Patients More Likely to Survive In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Today: Study
2. Bright Light at Night Could Up Depression Risk, Mouse Study Suggests
3. Kids Generosity May Depend on Whos Watching: Study
4. Schizophrenia Patients Who Take Antipsychotics Live Longer, Study Says
5. Worlds largest respiratory genetics study launches on World COPD Day
6. Synthetic Skin Heals Itself With a Touch, Study Shows
7. Migraine Sufferers Show More Brain Changes Than Others: Study
8. Kids Headaches Rarely Due to Vision Problems, Study Finds
9. Study demonstrates that earlier end of life care discussions are linked to less aggressive care in final days of life
10. Study finds high exposure to food-borne toxins
11. Sociology, economics researchers receive grant to study development across the human lifespan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study Reveals Gender Gap in Spotting Depression
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... 30, 2016 , ... Shaolin Institute officially starts the annual ... intensive summer training camp starts on June 17th on Shaolin Institute Atlanta Campus. ... a fun and unique experience with an opportunity to learn KungFu martial arts ...
(Date:5/28/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 28, 2016 , ... SuperCloset is ... all too well the day to day issues, struggles and obstacles veterans’ need to ... Helping Veterans Grow Project provides active or retired military veteran(s) with a donated SuperCloset ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... More than a third of American adults ... that bariatric surgery has received increased attention in recent years, as an article ... comes to weight loss, most people are familiar with the basic requirements of maintaining ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... With over 60 percent of acute stroke survivors being left ... to aid in the rehabilitation process has steadily increased. Ekso Bionics had been working ... due to stroke. , Ekso Bionics has now received clearance from the U.S. Food ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 ... ... care world, this installment is bolstered by inspiring human interest stories, courtesy of ... the developing trends and tech within the industry, from leading advocates and associations—namely ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... 27, 2016 According to the ... is driving ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system market growth. ... their ability to respond to different pressure rates, leading ... lead to various cardiovascular disorders such as heart failure, ... diseases are growing in prevalence each year. WHO estimates ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ALBANY, New York , May 26, 2016 ... Transparency Market Research "Medical Waste Management Market - U.S. Industry ... the medical waste management market in the U.S. was valued ... expand at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 ... report provides exhaustive analysis of current and emerging needle free ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... May 25,2016 FDA 510(k) ... Cellvizio platform for urological and surgical applications ... inventor of Cellvizio®, the multidisciplinary confocal laser endomicroscopy ... in the US with the 12 th ... Administration (FDA). This new FDA clearance covers Confocal ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: