Monday, June 3, 2013

Can Biology Explain Sex Differences in Depression?


Biological differences between the sexes may explain why rates of depression are higher in women, according to emerging research.

Scientists have long recognized that women have higher rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, but finding the reasons for this discrepancy has been challenging, said Debra Bangasser, an assistant professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia.

"A lot of psychologists and clinicians have approached this question by looking at cognitive vulnerabilities, or if there are differences in reporting," Bangasser told LiveScience.

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