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Depression

15 November 2012

Symptoms of depression identified more in women

The ability to correctly identify signs of depression depends on the gender of both the identifier and the person with depression, as well as individual psychological differences.

The ability to correctly identify signs of depression depends on the gender of both the identifier and the person with depression, as well as individual psychological differences, according to research published by Viren Swami from the University of Westminster, UK.

Both men and women were equally likely to classify Kate as having a mental health disorder, but men were less likely than women to indicate that Jack suffered from depression.

Men were also more likely to recommend that Kate seek professional help than women were, but both men and women were equally likely to make this suggestion for Jack. Respondents, particularly men, rated Kate's case as significantly more distressing, difficult to treat, and deserving of sympathy than they did Jack's case.

 

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