April 5, 2016 – Men found more susceptible to depression in University study
Recent University of Michigan research suggests men are more vulnerable to long-term depression than women, citing a decreased willingness in men to talk about mental health issues.
Using data collected by the Institute of Social Research on nearly 4,000 nationally representative participants from 1986 to 2011, Dr. Shervin Assari, psychiatric research investigator and lead author of the recent study, found differences between long-term stress and subsequent depression in males and females. This research, Assari said, could have implications regarding the way mental health is stigmatized between the two genders.
Assari said his interest in studying how groups differ in vulnerability and their resilience to stress led him to pursue the research. He said he believes exposure to stress helps build resilience to it, but this build-up occurs differently in people of different backgrounds, genders and social groups.