August 30, 2013 by gabnormal
Since the creation of the criteria for depression, the illness has always been considered a woman’s disease because you know, since women are so much more emotional and are more prone to hysteria that means that men could never suffer from the disease, even though men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide as a result of depression.
The criteria has always been geared towards women’s symptoms, i.e. sadness, fatigue or insomnia, weight fluctuations, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, and loss of interest in activities/hobbies that were once found to be enjoyable. A new study basically says that since the criteria was focused on women, many men have gone mis- or under-diagnosed. This is due to the fact that male symptoms of the disease are more anger based, and include aggression, substance abuse and risk-taking behavior.
The adverse effects of limiting depression to a woman’s disease not only damages females who suffer from it by painting them to be overly emotional, and unable to cope with everyday life, it also prevents men from seeking treatment. Often, men are seen as weak if they express their emotions or act like anything other than a tough, masculine man with a beard who can put together an entire car in five minutes, because that’s what men do.
The only problem now is to spread this information further, and to change the criteria listed for depression in the DSM-5 (previously the DSMV) which was just released in May of this year after many delays going back as far as early 2010. It’s going to take a long time, but with any hope, eventually depression will be re-defined as the illness it actually is.