In most all countries, women are diagnosed with depression far more often than are men, but let us briefly look at a new study that puts that into question. Secondly, we present the results of our last Mais Saúde poll regarding doctor training.
Women have traditionally believed to be about 70% more likely (over a lifetime) to suffer from depression than men, but research just published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry concludes that men and women actually suffer from depression at approximately the same rates.
The current researchers state that the reason men have been underdiagnosed with depression is because the actual definition of “depression” does not take into account that men and women may have different ways of acting when they are depressed.
When doctors are looking for signs of depression, they often ask about sadness and crying, but men are much less likely to admit to such behavior since appearing “weak” or vulnerable is considered socially unacceptable in men, but not so much in women. Since men are less likely to admit to those behaviors, they are less likely to be diagnosed.
Instead of appearing sad, men are more likely to express emotional pain with “anger, self-destructive behavior, self-distraction, or numbing of pain with substance use, gambling, womanizing, and workaholism. Others have proposed that irritability could be the key symptom linking men and depression”. Sometimes men who overreact to minor irritations, or have anger attacks, may have, as their underlying problem, depression.
Whereas women may be more prone to express depression by crying, loosing sleep, and feeling hopeless, men might internalize their true feelings, and express them with hyperactive or aggressive behaviors.
The researchers from the University of Michigan (USA) conclude that all of us—doctors who diagnose depression, as well as women and other men who live and work with men— should be alert to these alternative symptoms and what they might really signify. If faced with men with these behaviors, we might ask if the root problem is depression, and that they might be helped through psychological therapy, medications, or some combination.
Poll Results: Years of Medical Training
Our last Mais Saúde poll question was: Do you agree with the new plan of the government to add two more years to medical school training starting in 2018?
71% — Yes, I am concerned with the current training of our doctors, and believe this change will improve the qualifications of our new doctors.
29% — No, I believe our doctors already receive adequate training, and that the current six years are sufficient.
Our new poll asks this question:
What do you think is most interesting (important) when you look at a doctor’s profile?
1) Where he trained (medical school).
2) Focus of his practice.
3) If the doctor stays up-to-date through courses and meetings.
4) If he is recommended by patients.
You can answer the poll in the right column of the blog, and multiple answers are allowed if you wish!
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