New depression tool may help pick up hidden suicidality in men

The scale focuses on externalising and other ‘male-typical’ symptoms and can be used alongside traditional tools

A newly developed depression screening tool for primary care may be more likely to pick up suicidality in men who present with externalising symptoms, such as anger and risk-taking, Australian researchers say.

Traditional screening tools for major depression tend to emphasise symptoms such as persistent sadness and loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, whereas patients exhibiting a ‘male-typical phenotype’, involving emotional suppression or aggression, may fall between the cracks, they say.