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Recession Depression: Men Have It Worse Than Women

According to a new survey conducted by a British nonprofit, traditional gender roles may cause men to suffer recession blues more than women. Men, for example, are told they need to be both solvent and stoic: they're traditionally the bread winners, and if they're blue, they'd better not seek mental health help — it's a sign of weakness. To make matters worse, in general, psychologists say that men feel more shame when they lose a job or a home.

The survey found that 40 percent of British men feel bad about their job security or money situation. In addition, men are less likely than women to talk about their problems with friends or to seek professional help and are thus less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health problems. The study suggested that the government introduce more "male friendly" treatment strategies, like prescribing exercise.

All things being equal, do you think men are more susceptible than women to being depressed about their financial situation?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Yes. For sure the men will feel ten times worse. I bet the USA is even worse than England. Gender roles are still the same here too. Women get paid less, hired less and men are supposed to bethe breadwinners. Going to talk to a doctor about depression? Are you kidding me? The men here sometimes don't even have a family doctor unless they find out they are dying of something. Probably stress related from working to death with limited vacation their whole life.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Yes. For sure the men will feel ten times worse. I bet the USA is even worse than England. Gender roles are still the same here too. Women get paid less, hired less and men are supposed to be the breadwinners. Going to talk to a doctor about depression? Are you kidding me? The men here sometimes don't even have a family doctor unless they find out they are dying of something. Probably stress related from working to death with limited vacation their whole life.
janneth janneth 7 years
In recent years, men were sailing along, great salaries, big homes. Now the recession and it only follows that they will feel the burden more than women who have the distractions and support of family, friends.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I hate that getting help through therapy for men has to be seen as "weak." When will we learn...
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
This isn't at all surprising. Society tells men that their self worth is wrapped up in how many digits are in their salaries. At the same time women are told their self worth lies in getting married to one of these men and having children and perfect family. Hyponticmix, I hope that we as a culture are finally enlightened enough to realize that what a person has doesn't define who they are. Especially during these difficult economic times I fear we will hear even more stories of men taking their lives or others due to depression because of job and financial loss.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"are told they need to be both solvent and stoic: they're traditionally the bread winners, and if they're blue, they'd better not seek mental health help — it's a sign of weakness. To make matters worse, in general, psychologists say that men feel more shame when they lose a job or a home." I'm glad we're talking about this but with all do respect it's old news. American male culture has always been too hard on it self. Could it be that we're finally enlightened enough to do something about it? Is this neurological/psychological evolution? God I hope so.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"are told they need to be both solvent and stoic: they're traditionally the bread winners, and if they're blue, they'd better not seek mental health help — it's a sign of weakness. To make matters worse, in general, psychologists say that men feel more shame when they lose a job or a home." I'm glad we're talking about this but with all do respect it's old news. American male culture has always been too hard on it self. Could it be that we're finally enlightened enough to do something about it? Is this neurological/psychological evolution? God I hope so.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
This is totally not surprising. Men derive so much of their self-worth from their jobs compared to women.
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