Gender Issues in Depression

GenderIssues in Depression


GenderIssues in Depression

Thearticle “GenderIssues in Depression. Annalsof Clinical Psychiatry ,247-255” byRobinsonb reviews the difference between genders in the presentation,prevalence, and etiology as well as the antidepressant treatment ofdepressive disorders. The results of the study showed that femaleshave a high prevalence of depression as compared to males, and itmostly happens during the reproductive years of the women [ CITATION Sop07 l 1033 ].The difference between menand women can be related to various factors that include anatomic,psychological, hormonal, personality, neurochemical, and geneticfactors. The study, further, argue that the difference in prevalenceof depression occurs because men and women are differentbiologically.

Thearticle concludes that females have a higher rate of depression ascompared to men and, hence they tend to display many symptomsassociated with this disorder at a higher rate than men do. It israre for women to hide her feelings especially, in a situation wherethey are getting hurt. Women are always at risk of being depressedbecause of a combination of factors including physical, biological,and emotional. Such factors rarely affect men due to their ability topersevere thus, in most cases, they can grow out of the period.Females get depressed during reproductive years due to the effect ofpregnancy and the menstrual cycle whereby they need a lot ofattention. Whenever they do not get such an attention, it often leadsto depression because they think that nobody cares about them [ CITATION Sop07 l 1033 ].Such a scenario shows the combination of biological and emotionalfactors to bring about depression in women. The differences inresponse for both men and women have led to the suggestion thatantidepressant treatment should also be different because men andfemales respond differently.


Robinsonb, S. G. (2007). . Annals of Clinical Psychiatry , 247-255.