Women experience more mental health problems than men, and they are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Though women have historically been characterised as hysterical and neurotic, there have been few attempts to establish whether there is a real gender gap and what might explain it. Jenni talks to Daniel Freeman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, about the role inequality plays in our mental health.
Every day millions of people struggle with psychological and emotional problems. The Stressed Sex sets out to answer a simple, but crucial, question: are rates of psychological disorder different for men and women? The implications - for individuals and society alike - are far-reaching, and to date, this important issue has been largely ignored in all the debates raging about gender differences.
Now Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman present a ground-breaking combination of epidemiological analysis and evidence-based science to get to the bottom of what's really going on. They discover which mental health problems are more common in men, and which are seen most often in women. And, in a finding that is sure to provoke lively debate, they reveal that, in any given year, women experience higher rates of psychological disorder than men. Why might this be the case? The Stressed Sex explains current scientific thinking on the possible reasons - and considers what might be done to address the imbalance