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1. Discuss the potential factors that result in the 2:1 (female:male) gender difference in the diagnosis of depression. What guidelines would you use to ensure that depression is not mistakenly under-assessed with a male client?

2. How safe and effective are current medications for mood disorders? Under what conditions would you consider their use?

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1. Discuss the potential factors that result in the 2:1 (female:male) gender difference in the diagnosis of depression.

There are several factor proposed as reasons for gender difference in the diagnosis of depression. Gender differences in socialization is one risk factor studied. Women are socialized to not express their anger, so anger is internalized and shows up as depression, whereas for men it is more acceptable to express their anger that it turned outward onto others. As well women are socialized to be more nurturing and caring and to look to others for validation, which makes them more vulnerable than men to depression, who are encouraged as boys to develop a greater sense of mastery and independence in their lives. Second, some theorize that there really is not difference in prevalence as woman are also more likely than men to seek help for their symptoms of depression, whereas men are socialized to be strong and tough and therefore have a more difficult time to seek help for depression and instead suffer in silence; and professionals are less likely to ask men if they are experiencing symptoms of depression than they are women (this has been refuted by mane). Third, gender ...

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