It dwindles again for middle-aged women. Of those 45 to 54, 24 percent of women experienced mental health problems, compared to only 16 to 18 percent of men. And by the time people reached 85 and over, it dropped to 14 percent for women and spiked to 19 percent for men.
Why is that?
Women "are still more likely to bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities," Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told The Times. But as they age, they tend to have fewer obligations.
“Men who are single, windowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” she said. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”
Although the report showed women have more mental health issues, it noted suicide rates were three times higher among men than women.
"Thankfully, women are more likely to also speak out about their mental health and seek support from services," Stephen Buckley, spokesman for the U.K.-based mental health charity, Mind, said in the article.
Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the findings here.