Societal and economic shifts may put more men in Western countries at risk for depression, scientists worry.
"Western men, particularly those with low education levels, will face a difficult road in the 21st century," write the authors of an editorial in the March issue of The British Journal of Psychiatry. "It may be more difficult, on average, for men to adjust to a domestic role than for women to adjust to a work role."
Currently, women have nearly twice the lifetime risk of suffering from major depression, although it's not fully understood why.
A confluence of trends could change this ratio, they write, including fewer job options for men who no longer outearn their partners. As the job options narrow, men begin to assume a more prominent role as caregivers in the home – a role traditionally associated with women. [ Study: Women Are in Charge at Home ]
..The recent economic downturn has been dubbed the "Mancession" for its disproportionate effect on traditional male industries, such as construction and manufacturing.
No, my husband is not affected. I think the major hormone shifts associated with ovulation, pregnancy, delivery and menopause contribute to depression in women.
Answer by Sisteract at 9:44 PM on Mar. 1, 2011
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