How Much Should Gender Be Considered In Mental Health Evaluations?

Feb 8, 2019

Traditionally, eating disorders have been considered a female disorder and less is known about how to treat it in males.
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In the early days of psychology, therapists thought mental health disorders were mostly experienced by one gender or the other: for instance, anorexia by women, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by men. But in the last couple decades, the thinking has swung hard the other way with attempts to ignore the role of gender in mental health studies.

But new research by University of Wyoming psychology professor Cynthia Hartung says, it's time to find a middle ground. Hartung is the co-author of the new study, "Sex and Gender in Psychopathology."