New research in the field of psychiatry has dispelled the commonly held notion that women are more prone to be depressed than men. On the contrary, recent finding have found menfolk to be just as prone to be in a depressed state of mind as women. The above finding has become evident after researchers hit upon several new symptoms which they claim are also signs of depression and are more likely to be seen in men than women. These include rage, substance abuse, workaholism, or the tendency to take greater risks.
Researchers claim they had so far held on to the belief of women being more likely to be depressed is because they had only been stuck to the conventional symptoms such as a feeling of sadness, sleeplessness, and so on. These apart, other common symptoms of depression include a feeling of not being needed or lacking interest in indulging in what most would consider as fun activities. However, what has drawn on the scientists is that these are just the common symptoms of depression though the mental condition may not manifest in the same manner in both men and women.
The above finding also explains the long held contradiction, that of men being several times more likely to commit suicide than women even though it is the latter who are believed to be more prone to suffer from mental agony. One way the above can be explained is that women seem to have no qualms in admitting they are in a mental mess and need help. Men folk on the other hand are loathe to admit they are even prone to be effected mentally, let alone requiring corrective measures.
Also, another contrasting behavior between women and men during depression is that while the former will usually tend to withdraw themselves into a shell when depressed, men can respond in just the opposite manner. Taking undue risks, exhibiting violent behavior, finding recourse in such things such as sex, drug and such or workaholism are some of the ways a depressed state of mind can manifest in men.