Depression isn’t the same for everyone – the way you experience it can vary according to your age, gender, and life circumstances. Three educational psychology researchers have been looking specifically at depression in men and young girls and at how to uncover depression in people who don’t even know they have it.
Aaron Rochlen is an educational psychology professor whose research focuses on men’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Here, he explains how depression is different for men than it is for women and what can happen if men don’t get the help they need.
“There’s just a lot of stigma around men seeking help for any kinds of mental health problems as well as physical issues. While women have traditionally been diagnosed with depression 2-3 times more often than men, men are committing suicide at rates of 4-6 times more often.”
Pediatric behavioral health expert Kevin Stark is nationally known for his research on depression in children. In this clip, he describes why it’s so important to catch depression early in girls and the best way of treating it.
“The rate of depression among females is at least twice that of males.”
Stephanie Rude examines ways of detecting depression in people who don’t realize they have depression and preventing recurrences of the condition. Find out the simple but revealing strategy she uses to uncover “masked” depression.
“When people are able to take a couple of steps back and see the difficult situations that they are in from a larger perspective – kind of a wide angle lens view – they seem to be able to realize that they are not the only ones suffering.”