Women twice as likely as men to be depressed

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dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 22:57:33

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roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:06:44

I had an awful thought that occured to me during a dark hour in the middle of the night once.

Are women depressed because we are angry? I have heard that depression is anger turned on yourself? And is that anger perfectly legitimate?

Anger at being treated as second class citizens.

Anger that a good proportion of us have been abused by men in some way

And then came the really worrying thought. That maybe we are told we have an organic mental illness and pills thrown at us because that is what the patriarchy wants us to believe. That there is something wrong with us, when actually depression and anger is a perfectly natural reaction to this injustice

mishymoshy Tue 11-Jan-11 23:09:42

Yes depression is anger turned inwards.

I have grown up knowing that as soon as I reach a certain age I will become invisible. It sucks.

When I have a baby I want it to be a boy, so it doesn't have to take any of this crap.

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:17:25

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Dave80 Tue 11-Jan-11 23:23:10

Then why are men several times more likely to commit suicide?

"The suicide rate for men in their 40s is 3.5 times higher than it is for women.

The suicide rate for men in their 50s is 4 times higher than it is for women.

The suicide rate for men in their 60s is 5 times higher than it is for women.

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/suicide.htm l"

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:24:21

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Dave80 Tue 11-Jan-11 23:30:44

Where's your source women are twice as likely to be depressed than men? Do you think men don't have any problems?

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:34:39

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roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:36:07

I was depressed and I was raised by a misogynist bully. I once saw a male psychiatrist who dismissed my worries about having been sexually abused out of hand. He tried to medicate me but I had been there and it just numbed the pain.

Now I am angry but I am not depressed. I am angry because I realise that I was abused.

roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:37:58

But that anger is rightly directed at my abusers and society at large and not on myself

roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:38:46

I suppose you can link it back to Freud and his whole hysterical women theory?

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:39:12

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Dave80 Tue 11-Jan-11 23:39:25

You avoided my question.

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:41:08

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TheFallenMadonna Tue 11-Jan-11 23:41:50

I'm going to think about the comparison with men - sorry. The thread title does refer to it though...

What is the overall population trend for depression? Is it increasing across the board?

Dave80 Tue 11-Jan-11 23:42:03

Where's your fucking source you have things twice as bad?

TheFallenMadonna Tue 11-Jan-11 23:43:03

Oi, Dave. The OP C&P the source. And dittany has said that she thinks men have a problem with violence. She has directly answered both your questions, before they were even put hmm

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:43:46

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Dave80 Tue 11-Jan-11 23:43:59

Are you implying no women have a problem with violence? Are men always the perpretrators?

TheFallenMadonna Tue 11-Jan-11 23:44:41

And here is the report.

roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:44:55

I am only starting out on my feminist journey but I feel better already smile

dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:45:00

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dittany Tue 11-Jan-11 23:48:21

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mishymoshy Tue 11-Jan-11 23:48:37

Dave, you're assuming that the successful suicide figure for a group is in direct proportion to how depressed that group is overall. It isn't.

roseability Tue 11-Jan-11 23:49:40

grin

In what ways do you think woman hating has got worse dittany?

I have to admit when I read threads like that one about removing pubic hair I do wonder hmm

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