As a whole, women are treated for depression more often than men are, but does that mean they’re more depressed, or that they’re more targeted for treatment? What we think of as common symptoms, like overwhelming sadness, aren’t always experienced across genders. Depressed men tend to show anger and frustration, get easily fatigued and discouraged, try to escape their problems (either by focusing too much on work or by developing dangerous drug and/or alcohol habits), and experience more physical pain than usual. They’re less likely than women to seek help, perhaps because there’s more social pressure on them to be stronger, both emotionally and physically.
However, by giving in to societal expectations, countless seriously depressed men are going undiagnosed. The Mayo Clinic’s Web site states that women attempt suicide more, but more men die from suicide attempts overall.
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While women stand a greater chance of being diagnosed with these diseases, men need to be just as vigilant when it comes to prevention. As is the case with all health matters, education is key. Know your family history, what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce risk, and what to ask doctors to look out for during routine visits. Even if your chances of falling victim to one of these illnesses are low, there’s no reason to avoid reducing them further, any way you can.
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