Are men as likely to become depressed as women? University of Michigan study says yes
It might be commonly thought that women suffer from depression more than men, but The Boston Globe reports that a recent University of Michigan study found men are just as likely as women to get the blues if alternative symptoms are considered.
U-M researchers surveyed 3,000 women and 2,000 men, looking for alternative symptoms not included in the standard criteria used to diagnose depression, such as anger, aggression, risk taking and substance abuse.
The Globe reports that researchers found 26 percent of men and 22 percent of women had such symptoms, while 31 percent of men and 33 percent of women displayed traditional symptoms of depression, such as sadness and tiredness.
"When alternative and traditional symptoms are combined, sex disparities in the prevalence of depression are eliminated," the study's abstract reads.
The study was published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal in August.