About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Worsening Mental Health in Men Predicted

by Rathi Manohar on March 2, 2011 at 5:39 AM
Font : A-A+

 Worsening Mental Health in Men Predicted

Depression in men would become a major issue with economic and social changes that are taking place in society, warn psychiatrists in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Although women have been doubly at risk than men in being affected by major depressive disorder, researchers claim that in the coming years it will be men who will face this problem as the changing world economy threaten their employed status, traditional gender roles and consequently, their male self-esteem.

Advertisement

As traditional male jobs are being replaced by technology or outsourcing, men are forced to consider the traditional feminine role of looking after the home, as their wives become the breadwinners. In fact, according to the study, as more women opt for a university education they would have to become the main breadwinner in the family.

This reversal of roles would result in conflict and depression as male identity has always been tied up with employment. Peter Baker, chief executive of the Men's Health Forum says, "Male social networks are based around work so losing a job can lead to isolation and depression." Coupled with the necessity of having to send a wife to work, the unemployed status would end in a diminished quality of mental health.    
Advertisement

On the other hand, a changing society is encouraging men to discuss their feelings more, and stop keeping to a male stereotype. This could help in getting mental issues sorted out faster.

Dr Boadie Dunlop from Emory University School of Medicine, one of the authors of the study comments, "Western men will face a difficult road in the 21st century, particularly those with low levels of education. We believe economic and societal changes will have significant implications for men's mental health."



Source: Medindia
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Worsening Mental Health in Men Predicted Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests