The Beautiful Mind Foundation Blog Post Essay
Why Men Don 't Report Depression as Often as Women
Trying to determine how many people are affected by clinical depression is complicated by the fact that men under-report instances of depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Even though women are 70 percent more likely to become depressed, more than six million men suffer from depression but seldom get treated, according to Dr. Amit Anand, the vice-chair of the Lerner College of Medicine 's Center for Behavioral Health.
Men have traditionally suppressed their feelings on many issues because they 're expected to take risks, provide for their families, fight wars and never complain about physical problems and mental health issues. Even though gender barriers are dropping, many men view talking about their emotions, stress and depression as weaknesses that make them less worthy or masculine than what 's considered "normal." Throughout history, men have been encouraged to "man up," "bite the bullet." and “take one for the team.”
Health Risks of Hanging Tough
Men comprise 75 to 80 percent of all sucides in the United States, according to WebMD, and many of these cases can be traced to the root cause of untreated depression. EveryDayHealth.com reports that five major health risks that are caused or aggravated by untreated depression:
Cases of heart disease are more likely among depressed people, and more depressed people die after suffering heart…