Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Most mental health research largely ignores or minimises gender and age differences in depression. In 'Don't mind the gap: Why do we not care about the gender gap in mental health?', Patalay and Demkowicz identify a dearth of research on the causal factors of depression in young women. They attribute this to an over-reliance on biological accounts of gender differences in depression. Patalay and Demkowicz conclude that a person-centred approach that meaningfully engages with the reports of young women with depression is more likely to expose the social drivers of depression that impact this group. This commentary focuses on Patalay and Demkowicz's call to examine the patient's lived experience. We argue that there is an urgent need to reflect upon the methodologies involved in examining lived experience and how they can be best utilised. Ultimately, we advocate for an approach known as 'phenomenological psychopathology', through a phenomenological investigation of depression in young women, we can go some way towards closing the gender gap.

Original publication




Journal article


Child Adolesc Ment Health

Publication Date





344 - 346


Depression, gender bias, gender gap, phenomenology, young women, Humans, Female, Mental Health, Depression, Sex Factors