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PHOTO BY TOM CROKE
Instead of focusing on gender, Michael Schaffer, Ph.D., a private practitioner in Cranston, R.I., prefers to treat patients on an individual basis.

Does gender play a role in treatment?

By Phyllis Hanlon

The World Health Organization reports that depression is the most common women’s mental health problem and, although more research is needed, this disorder may be more persistent in females than in men. Some psychologists do offer more gender-specific therapy, while others prefer to treat each client on an individual basis, regardless of sex. Julie B. Wolter, Psy.D., president of the Center for Self Development, P.C., Nashua, N.H., said that depression often depends on how the individual identifies. For example, she finds men typically view themselves as the provider; job loss could shatter that notion and prompt depression. “Men come in [More]