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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 Mental Health And Gender

Research suggests that overall rates of psychiatric disorder are almost identical for men and women but striking gender differences are found in the patterns of mental illness.

Gender determines the differential power and control men and women have over the socio-economic determinants of their mental health and lives, their social position, status and treatment in society and their susceptibility and exposure to specific mental health risks.

Looking at depression, anxiety and somatic complaints. These disorders, in which women predominate, affect approximately 1 in 3 people in the community and constitute a serious public health problem.

Depression is not only the most common women’s mental health problem but may be more persistent in women than men. More research is needed.

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