Depression in women identified more easily

People tend to find it easier to identify symptoms of depression in women more than men. This is the suggestion of research published in the journal PLoS ONE, which found the identifying of mental health disorders is dependent on the gender of both the person with the condition and the individual attempting to spot it.

Chartered Psychologist Viren Swami from the University of Westminster also demonstrated this ability is dependent on individual psychological differences.

Participants in the study were told an imaginary male and female were displaying the same symptoms of depression - and while both men and women were equally likely to classify the girl as having a mental health disorder, men were less prone to suggest the boy had the same.

In addition, the research showed men were more likely than women to recommend the female seeks professional help, while both genders pushed the male in this direction to the same degree.