How Men and Women Cope with Stress


A study found that women and men respond to mental disorders in very different ways. Women are more likely to develop internalizing disorders like anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, mental health disorders in men are generally antisocial and substance abuse.

According to the study of interviews of more than 43 thousand adults in the U.S. on a survey conducted by the Institute Health Service, women are more likely to internalize the emotions that cause withdrawal, loneliness and depression. While men removes it so that men become more aggressive and impulsive.

This finding makes the prevention of mental illness in both genders need to focus on the ‘core psychological process’.

The study found that 22.9 percent of women say they experience depression during their lifetime, compared to 13.1 percent of men who said to feel the same. The same study showed 7.2 percent of women have panic disorder, and 5.8 percent had generalized anxiety disorder, while only 3.7 and 3.1 percent of men have the condition.

Among the more common conditions, the findings showed 17.4 percent of men have alcohol dependence and 5.5 percent have antisocial personality. While 8 percent and 1.9 percent of women have two conditions.

“In women, treatment may focus on coping and cognitive skills to help prevent anxiety becoming depression,” said researcher Nicholas Eaton, from the University of Minnesota.

Eaton added, “In men, treatment for impulsive behavior is more focused on the actions planned and helpful so aggressive behavior will not be destructive,” he said, according to Live Science.

Previous research also shows women are more likely to experience stress and neuroticism than men at the onset of mental disorders. The findings found that stress of the environment can lead to internalization.