PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As part of a full-service psychiatric hospital in Texas, the professionals at UBH Denton
understand that individuals with mental health issues may experience symptoms differently. In fact, the variety of symptoms that can be attached to a specific disorder can make it difficult for people to realize they have a specific problem that may require assistance. Fortunately, recent research has helped provide a greater understanding of differences that might serve to guide individuals toward seeking counsel, particularly in the area of depression.
While public perception may have led many to believe that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men, a recent article from The Los Angeles Times reveals that the condition is equally common among both genders. The article states, "Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks--rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism--can hide in plain sight. Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis, the long-standing disparity between depression rates in men and women disappears."
The article continues, "That conclusion overturns long-accepted statistics indicating that, over their lifetimes, women are 70 percent more likely to have major depression than men. In fact, when its symptoms are properly recognized in men, major depression may be even more common in men than in women, according to a study published [Aug. 28] by the journal JAMA Psychiatry."
UBH Denton responds in a recent press statement, "Mental health professionals have long understood varying presences of depression in both men and women. However, this study is critical to breaking down the long-held stigma that the condition is mostly associated with female patients. Not only does this information help the public better understand the wide range of symptoms that can signify depression, but it could also encourage more men--and women--to feel comfortable in seeking the help they need."
As far as the varying differences of depression in men and women, Los Angeles Times reports, "While women may not feel shame in acknowledging their sadness and sagging self-esteem, mental health experts find that depressed men often respond to such feelings with actions that look like their opposite: They bluster and bully. They throw themselves into harm's way. They numb themselves with sex, drugs and endless workdays."
UBH Denton celebrates the emerging results of the research, as industry professionals are now addressing depression on a gender-neutral level, as well as gender-specific. According to the article, such breadth of distinction helps solve mental health mysteries, including the confusion over previous observations that while women are diagnosed with depression more often, men are more likely to commit suicide.
Understanding the vastly different ways that depression can manifest itself in patients--along with many other mental health conditions--UBH Denton has created a series of specialty programs, including its "Exclusively Women" program, to help focus in on these distinctions.
, or University Behavioral Health Denton, is a freestanding psychiatric hospital in Denton, Texas. The facilities were founded in 2005, continuing to offer mental health and chemical dependency treatment. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and the hospital adopts an evidence-based treatment approach that has proven positive outcomes. The facilities meet the needs of children, teenagers and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.