Gender Differences and Depression
Although depression is an illness that affects both men and women, depression can manifest itself differently among the sexes. While women usually internalize distress and reach out for help, depressed men often act out and turn distress into aggression.
Men are also more likely to self-medicate by working excessively, abusing alcohol or drugs, and withdrawing from loved ones. Often, men will experience depression without feeling sad, and are often less likely to ask for help, which makes it more difficult for doctors to diagnose.
Depression affects one in five women over the course of a lifetime, but can present different symptoms depending on her age. Throughout a woman’s life, she will experience a range of emotional highs and lows trying to balance work, relationships and personal health.
KLF Counseling & Consulting, PA (Kathy L. Fortner, EdS, LPC, NCC) and Wilcox Psychiatric Services (Michael D. Wilcox, MD, PhD) is offering you the opportunity to take a screening for a variety of common mental health conditions, including a screening to take on behalf of your child. The screenings are free, anonymous, and only take a few minutes. To complete a screening please visit: http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/klfcounseling.
Results received after the screening, if positive, may need to be discussed and reviewed with a psychiatrist, primary care physician, pediatrician, or internal medicine specialist to determine the most appropriate care for you, your child, or family member.