Many researchers and their works, as a result, confirms the most cases of mental issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from Women because of what they might have gone through in their past like sexual or child abuse or rape and sexual assault whereas Men are more likely to be diagnosed with same due to their terrible past experiences like deaths, uncalled accidents.
Gender-Based Mental Health Difference
Gender-based differentiation helps Psychologists and other therapists to treat them wisely. They are more likely to diagnose Depression easily in women as compared to men while easy to diagnose men too who are 3 times more likely to be affected by Anti-social Personality disorder.
Gender Differences exist in the pattern of help-seeking for Psychological disorder. There are various researches and studies that have been done in order to differentiate the mental health problems gender-based.
Anxiety is almost 3 times more likely to occur in women as compared to men. They are also more likely to be affected by Major Depression and Postpartum depression, regardless of one’s age and country of origin as compared to men. It is being caused by many different reasons that are related to their early life like various assaults and harassment and sexual discrimination that is most likely to be one of the main reasons. However, Disorders like Social Anxiety disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are found to affect both men and women equally. In most cases, anxiety treatment is indifferent to sex. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is around 60-70% successful for both women and men.
Gender-Based Difference in Early lives
Every person goes through mental trauma once in their life and most likely it is supposed to occur in their early teenage life. This trauma leaves deep impacts on their minds that could last forever.
During Adolescence, Boys are more likely to get bullied in high school as compared to girls. A study in 1984 showed that the motivation of male bullies between the ages of 14-16 was the status goal of establishing themselves as more dominant.
One of the main reasons for a self-deprecating attitude among teenagers is Social media. It’s because social media uses body surveillance. Studies have shown that teenagers who are likely to use social media are associated with poor body image. It is because they compare themselves with the more
idolized one who is equipped with everything in order to live a royal and elite life. This lack of self-esteem results in self-depreciation and anxiety and other stress disorders.
Both adolescent boys and girls are impacted by the objectifying nature of social media, however girls are more likely to surveil due to society’s tendency to overestimate and objectify women. A study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence found that there lies a much stronger correlation between surveilling social media use and body surveillance among young girls than young boys. The same study also showed that adolescence is an important psychological development period; therefore, the opinions teenagers make about themselves during this time can have a significant impact on their self-confidence and self-worth.
Various studies and research have shown that Suicide is the third most leading cause of death among teenagers. Males are more likely to be associated with the hard and significantly strong ways to get themselves and commit suicide while the females can be overplayed by the easy ways like wrist cutting or a simple overdose of pills. Research also showed that females are more likely to commit suicide than their male counterparts while the males are more likely to be succeeded in their attempts.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers
Gender-Based Difference by any Past Event
Most people who are victimized by any mental health issue, irrespective of gender are found to be followed with at least one past traumatic experience from their lives.
The mainly sexual assault could also occur to males during their early childhood periods. The studies showed that the rates of childhood sexual assault ranged from 7-19% for women and 3-7% for men. This gender deviation in childhood contributes to 35% of gender differences in adult depression. Studies show that women have an increased risk of experiencing traumatic events in childhood, especially childhood sexual abuse. This risk has been associated with an increased risk of developing depression.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common traumatic events that not just females but also males are equally likely to go through in their lives. It is the most common reaction in response to a major Traumatic event. According to epidemiological studies, women are two to three times more likely to develop PTSD than men. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD is about 10-12% in women and 5-6% in men. Women are also four times more likely to develop chronic PTSD compared to men. However, despite the theoretical explanation that gender differences were due to different reaction times to high impact traumas such as sexual assaults, a meta-analysis found that even after excluding instances of sexual assault, women remained at a greater risk for developing PTSD.