Men are more than twice as likely as women to suffer with chronic depression, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
The findings suggest that men have a higher risk of developing depression, as well as the development of other mental health problems, the researchers wrote in the journal PLOS ONE.
“The study suggests that depression may be more prevalent among men than among women,” said lead study author Dr. Robert S. Schlosser, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
“Our results suggest that depression is more prevalent in men than in women, but we also know that men are less likely to seek help for depression.”
Depression is a psychiatric disorder characterized by recurrent thoughts and feelings of hopelessness and loss that interfere with daily activities and contribute to the risk of many chronic health problems.
It can occur in multiple ways and is often accompanied by anxiety, irritability, aggression, depression, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.
The study is based on data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, which includes data on more than 6,500 people who participated in a survey between 2008 and 2010.
It found that the prevalence of depression was highest among those aged 25 to 34 years, who are the most likely to be men, and among people living in areas with a high rate of poverty.
The study also found that men were more likely than women to be diagnosed with depression.
In addition, depression was more common in people who had used or were using marijuana at least once a week, who had never smoked tobacco, and had been diagnosed with anxiety or depression more than once.
The authors note that the findings of the study should not be interpreted to suggest that marijuana use is not linked to depression.
The report authors cautioned that the study was based on a survey and did not reflect the experience of people in their lives.
“It is possible that people who use marijuana are at greater risk of depression than those who do not,” they wrote.