According to the American Psychological Association (APA), some mental health conditions are more common among men compared to their female counterparts. A study reported by the organization indicates that men are more likely to be diagnosed with “substance abuse or antisocial disorders,” whereas women are more likely to have “anxiety or depression.”
Internalizing vs. Externalizing Emotions
The way that men and women cope with emotions was also different. As the study noted, women who had diagnosable anxiety disorders “are more likely to internalize emotions.” The internalization of emotions makes it more likely that women will exhibit symptoms of “withdrawal, loneliness, and depression.”
Men, on the other hand, were more likely to externalize emotions. Externalizing emotions can result in “aggressive, impulsive, coercive, and noncompliant behavior.” The differences in how each sex handles emotions may explain why men and women are more likely to have one mental health condition over the other.
You can read the full report “Study Finds Sex Differences in Mental Illness.”
What to Do If You Are Struggling with Mental Health
If you are struggling with mental health, there are options for treatment. Seeking professional help can assist you with coping techniques if you are struggling. There are several options for treatment that can be tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Seeking treatment may also help you improve your relationships, personally and professionally. It can help you at work, get better sleep, and ensure that you understand you are not alone.