Men may suffer from depression about as often as women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the rate of men, with approximately 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lifetime.
In recent years, however, some researchers have wondered if perhaps they haven’t been asking men the right sort of questions.
For example, while women may show their depression through symptoms such as crying or insomnia, male depression may show up as anger, aggression, substance abuse or risk taking, such as gambling or womanizing, said lead author Lisa Martin, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
When these types of symptoms were factored into the research, experts found that about 30 percent of both men and women had been depressed at some point in their lives, according to the study published in JAMA Psychiatry.