Social Stigma

MEN - Avoid seeking help, as they are under the assumption that they should act like men and conform to certain standards of masculinity. WOMEN - More likely to share their distressing emotions and ask for help.

Communication Styles

MEN - Internalize stress and are more likely to have unexpressed distress or negative feelings. WOMEN -Are known to have several communication styles ranging from verbal to nonverbal means.

Manifestation Of Symptoms

MEN -Manifest mental health issues through external behaviors, such as anger and aggression. WOMEN -Exhibit internalized symptoms like withdrawal and sadness.

Treatment Seeking Behavior

MEN -Delay seeking help due to reluctance to admit vulnerability.  WOMEN -More proactive in seeking mental health support.

Prevalence Of Specific Disorders

MEN -Prone to substance abuse and externalized disorders. WOMEN -Experience higher rates of internalized disorders (like depression and anxiety).

Biological Factors

MEN -Affected by testosterone levels, impacting mood and stress response. WOMEN -Affected by hormonal fluctuations, such as those during the menstrual cycle.

Coping Mechanisms

MEN - Turn to risky activities or substances for coping, such as over-work or alcohol addiction. WOMEN - Seek social support and engage in more adaptive coping strategies like self-care, etc.

Risk-Taking Behavior

MEN -Prone to risk-taking behaviors as a response to stress. WOMEN - Prone to safety-seeking behaviors and social support seeking.

Suicide Rates

MEN -Have higher completed suicide rates, often linked to poor communication and riskier methods of self-harm.  WOMEN - Have higher attempted suicide rates, due to seeking help more openly.

Cultural And Societal Influences

MEN -View and handle mental health is shaped by cultural notions of masculinity.  WOMEN - Attribute mental health conditions to social pressures, body image issues, etc.

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