Friday Roundup – Men Get Sad Like Men, Brain Changes in Mistreated Teens, and Oops, You’re Dead

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Men Get Sad Like Men, Brain Changes in Mistreated Teens, and Oops, You’re Dead

The Latest  in Mental Health Research (and other stuff)

Depression Experienced Differently by Men

Common knowledge in the mental health field (and beyond) is that women experience depression more than do men. Statistics vary, but the one that is cited most regularly is that the rate of depression among women is twice that of men. Theories as to why have pointed to women being more amenable to counseling, to being the more “emotional” sex, of how families and communities socialize men into less emotional beings, and the underreporting of men who experience depression. Just to name a few.

New research, however, shows that men do not necessarily experience depression less than women. The just experience is differently.


A report recently published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that when men are assessed using alternative depressive symptoms that are more commonly found in males, they more commonly meet the criteria for depression, and the differences in the prevalence between men and women are essentially eliminated.

The report is based on findings from research conducted out of the University of Michigan which used ratings scales specifically designed for depressive symptoms more commonly found in men. These symptoms included risk taking, substance use, and anger attacks/aggression

Using only the “male-type” rating scales, researchers found that a higher percentage of men than women met criteria for depression: 26% vs 21%. Using traditional criteria from the DSM-IV in conjunction with the alternative “male-type” criteria, researchers found that men (31%) and women (33%) were diagnosed with depression almost equally.

According to the researchers, “These results suggest that relying only on men’s disclosure of traditional symptoms could lead to an underdiagnosis of depression in men and that clinicians should consider other clues when assessing depression in men.”

Real talk.

Brain Changes in Teens who were Mistreated

Maltreatment during childhood can later affect brain development during teenage years. Researchers from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at Australia’s University of Melbourne came to this conclusion after studying the brains of almost 120 adolescents using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Researchers used MRI to study the adolescents’ brains first at the age of 12 and then again at the age of 16.


Study participants were also assessed for childhood maltreatment and the presence of psychological disorders. According to results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, differences were found in two areas of the brain that are linked to stress responses: the amygdala and the hippocampus.

Teens who had experienced childhood maltreatment were observed, in general, to have stunted growth of the left amygdala and larger baseline left hippocampal volumes over time compared to those who had not experienced maltreatment.

Mental Illness and Accidental Death

According to a report published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, mental illness is associated with various types of accidental deaths.

Researchers found that substance use disorders, particularly alcohol, put people at most risk for accidental death. Mental health issues that followed were personality disorders, anxiety disorders, dementia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression.

Possible contributions to accidental death include lack of concentration, extreme fatigue, disturbances in sleep, the use of psychotropic medication, self-injurious behavior, and risk-taking.

Telling Our Stories: Highlighting Breaking Bad to Breaking Addiction

Working in conjunction with Healthshire, Sage Neuroscience Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is launching an awareness campaign called Breaking Addiction. They will be giving away two scholarships to an Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse treatment for individuals who cannot otherwise afford treatment. All you have to do to apply is write your story about addiction. Click here for details.

Healthshire is dedicated to bringing much-needed attention to the state of mental health and its treatment in New Mexico, the United States, and across the globe. We will be posting multiple blogs about addiction and its treatment every week during the contest and beyond in an effort to bridge together a supportive mental health community.


This week’s roundup is dedicated to the lack of celebrity twerking. So here, enjoy this pretty sunset.


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