CDC (the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) warns that one in ten adult men in the US suffer from depression or anxiety. What is worrying is the fact that men suffering from depression do not seek professional help and this applies in more than half of the cases. More details about CDC’s report can be found in NCHS Data Brief.
The study was conducted on more than 21.000 Americans. The participants had different races and social statuses in order to offer a more detailed insight in this matter. The subjects had to answer surveys containing questions about their daily activities and problems with anxiety and depression which they have had in the past. The survey was conducted between 2010 and 2013.
The findings of the research indicate that among the population of US males 9 percent of them are men suffering from depression or anxiety. Only 41% of them have tried to treat their condition. Among men who were under 45 years 39 percent of them said that they had taken medication or had sought the help of a mental health professional. And 42 percent of the older men, who had over 45 years, said that they had done the same.
When the research concentrated on men with ages between 18 and 44 the racial differences in the case of men suffering from depression became obvious. It seems that in the case of black and Hispanic men 6 percent of them experience daily depression and anxiety, whereas over 8 percent of young white men suffer from such conditions.
Hispanic and black men suffering from depression were less likely to have sought the doctor’s help. A major factor which contributes to this seems to be the health insurance status. It seems that younger men, even though uninsured, were three times more likely to seek help when compared to the black and Hispanic participants who were uninsured. So the research does not support the general belief according to which black US people benefit from a stronger social support than white people do.
The lead author of the study, Stephen Blumberg from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), said that black and Hispanic men may be influenced by cultural and social pressure and that is why they do not seek help. He remarked:
“These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be more pronounced for men of color. And these same forces may lead men of color to be more likely to deny or hide feelings of anxiety or depression.”
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