Study: Not much difference in rates of depression between men and women

Researchers from the University of Michigan have challenged the belief that women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression, reports Reuters.

By considering a broader spectrum of depression symptoms, including those that are more common among men such as aggression, irritability, self-distractions and sleep problems, they found that about one third of both men and women met the criteria for a depression diagnosis.

The study was based on data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, which included more than 5,500 men and women from around the United States.

Lead author, Lisa Martin, emphasized the need to take into account the different manifestations of depression–especially as it relates to men and women–to better identify those experiencing or at risk for depression.

The study was published online this week in JAMA Psychiatry