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Study: Women 40 Percent More Likely to Experience Mental Illness Than Men

| by Michael Allen

According to a new U.K. study to be published in the forthcoming book The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth about Men, Women and Mental Health, women are 40 percent more likely to develop mental illness than men.

The study also says that women are almost 75 percent more likely than men to have  depression. Additionally, women are 60 percent more likely than guys to report an anxiety problem.

According to The Guardian, researchers found that men are two and a half times more likely to report substance abuse problems than women.

“There is a pattern within, women tend to suffer more from what we call ‘internal’ problems like depression or sleep problems,” lead study author Dr. Daniel Freeman told The Guardian. “They take out problems on themselves, as it were, where men have externalizing problems, where they take things out on their environment, such as alcohol and anger problems.”

Mental health problems are rampant in the U.S., even when it comes to children. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that up to one in five American children will have a mental health disorder this year, reports the Washington Post.

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Sources: The Guardian and Washington Post