428 Gender and Depression: Different Manifestations, Different Treatments
Saturday Morning Only
Without understanding the differences in the characteristic ways men and women experience and exhibit depression, we can’t effectively treat either. . . .
For example, women often find it much easier to admit to feeling depressed, typically show symptoms more consistent with the current DSM-IV
diagnosis for depression, admit they need help, and are more willing to accept medications. Men are more likely to say they’re stressed rather than depressed and exhibit substance-abuse problems, workaholism, emotional withdrawal, or present with a variety of physical ailments. Women may be more familiar, and therefore more comfortable, with a relational approach that focuses on being able to ask for help, depend on the counseling relationship, express vulnerable emotions, and explore family-of-origin issues, while men often respond better to a more task-oriented, coaching model of therapy. In this workshop, we’ll combine a didactic approach with case studies and structured exercises to explore these differences and learn how to shape our clinical interventions accordingly. Holly Sweet, Ph.D.,
is a cofounder and codirector of the Cambridge Center for Gender Relations and a lecturer at MIT. She’s received multiple honors, including MIT’s Sizer Award for the “most significant contribution to undergraduate education” in 1997.