Number of men with depression set to increase

Wednesday 2nd March, 2011

An article in the latest British Journal of Psychiatry suggests the number of men suffering depression could increase due to role changes in society.

Psychiatrists have predicted a shift away from traditional male roles in Western society due to altered social and economic factors and this will affect male self-esteem.

Currently, women are twice as likely to develop depressive disorders as men but experts believe that is likely to change in the coming decades as traditional male careers in manufacturing and labour are being lost or moved abroad.

The article also states that the main breadwinner in the family is likely to be female in the coming years as more women are likely to attend university and go on to develop well-paid careers. This perceived “failure” to fulfil the traditional male role of provider is associated with greater risk of depression and relationship problems.

Previous research has already proved that unemployment and redundancy has a bigger impact on men than women due to male identity and social networks being based around the work place. Losing a job can lead to feelings of isolation and depression (read our articles on counselling your man through redundancy and tips for helping your relationship through redundancy).

Experts also warned that men fail to seek professional help when depressed and were more likely to drink or self-medicate as a way of coping.



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