Our expert says:
Absolutely not ender specific, but research has shown that men are more likely to find it difficult to talk about emotional problems than women. But some men find it easy and some women cant do it. Sadly, in a situation such as you describe, there is no litmus test. It is fair to say to such a person that you want to be helpful and sympathetic, but can't fairly be expected to tiptoe through a minefield not knowing which mines are buried where
A person like your friend I think should at least be prepared to claify her no-go areas
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