Except for the oddly joyous violence of childbirth, men and women tend to face the same health issues. As such, you probably have the reasonable expectation that all genders receive the same level of care during a doctor visit. Unfortunately, modern medicine firmly believes that all medical problems either affect everyone in exactly the same way or don't affect one gender at all -- neither of which is true, but both of which frequently lead to dangerous (if not outright fatal) mistreatment.
6Male Depression Isn't Taken Seriously, And Female Depression Is Overmedicated
There are actually two separate medical classifications for "male" and "female" depression because of how different they are. Some might even argue that the "male" variant isn't really depression at all, as it's less prevalent than the "female" version and its symptoms include things like working late, feeling enraged, and engaging in physical activity or reckless behavior. We don't regard those things as symptoms of a mental health issue; those are symptoms of being Batman.
And that's the problem. Despite male depression being less common and having a list of symptoms that aren't considered serious by the average person, rates of male suicide are four times higher than female suicide. We simply don't allow for men to be depressed, unless they follow up their diagnoses by immediately painting a skull on their chests and murdering half of the criminal underworld.
"Don't worry. It's only a phase."
In a University of Westminster study, 1,200 participants read identical short stories about a person called either Kate or Jack. When they were asked if that person was depressed, the Jack group was far more likely to answer "no" than the Kate group, all because the person in question was a guy, and apparently guys don't get depressed. Or if they do, they do it in cool and badass ways that get them their own HBO series.
But it's not like women have it any better. It's true that women are much more likely to be diagnosed with depression, but once they are, they are also more likely to be stuffed with more drugs than a pinata at Walter White Jr.'s birthday party. Today's doctors gallantly sling prescriptions for abusable narcotics and anti-anxiety drugs to depressed women, which is arguably at least one reason female death from prescription overdose has gone up 400 percent since 1999.
Just thinking about that number is enough to get you depress-- shit.
Part of the problem is that it can be difficult to know how certain medication is going to affect women. That's because ...