Men Just as Depressed as Women, Everyone Depressed

If women are so much more likely than men to be "depressed," then how come men are always getting in fights and killing people and killing themselves and hollering, more than women? Spoiler: it's because men, too, are depressed.

A new study says that men and women are equally depressed. Take that, women. One less thing for you to brag about. Sure, you could say that this is all a matter of defining what "depressed" means; but it's good to have scientific validation that if your fella is punching holes in the wall every night, his problem may be more than all the booze. The LA Times reports:

That conclusion overturns long-accepted statistics indicating that, over their lifetimes, women are 70% more likely to have major depression than men. In fact, when its symptoms are properly recognized in men, major depression may be even more common in men than in women, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Basically researchers just expanded the meaning of "depression" to include symptoms like "anger attacks, aggression or irritability, substance abuse, risk-taking behavior and hyperactivity," all of which manifest much more commonly in men than in women. So no, men, you're not "crazy," you're just depressed. Just like more than 30% of everyone!

Wipe that smug, depressed look off your face, women. We're all in the same boat now. The boat is sinking.

[LAT. Photo: javi velazquez/ Flickr]