Men Drink, Women Think

Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:53am

Chronic stress is part and parcel of modern life in the U.S. It is often the underlying reason for much of the depression in the country. For many years scientists assumed that the behavioral response to depression were similar for both sexes. New studies, however, show that this is not the case.

A Yale University study concludes that when depression hits, the behavioral response can differs by gender. Men tend to drink and women tend to think. That is not to say that men never ruminate and women never drink, but a study of 1,300 adults aged 25 to 75 found that when depressed, women tend to sit and stew while men are more likely to use alcohol to take the edge off.

Research at UCLA Medical School indicates that women typically employ a "tend and befriend" response to depression. When it mounts, women are more prone to protect and nurture their children ("tend") and turn to other females for support ("befriend.")

The difference in response to stress, anxiety and depression could in part explain why American women, on average, live 7.5 years longer than men.

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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