Depression in Men

Depression is discussed usually in connection with women. But what we do not know is that six million American Men experience depression each year. Some forms of depression in men are often easy to identify such as marriage breakdown, bereavement, or being unable to find work. These are some of the most obvious. However, there are times when depression can strike out of nowhere.

Differences between Men and Women

Although experts can’t quite agree on the statistics yet, it appears that there is a difference between rates of depression between men and women. It is believed that depression is more common in women than men, no matter what race, ethnicity or social class. The thing is though, is that women are diagnosed and treated more often, perhaps because they are more willing to report and seek help and treatment for their depression.

Different Symptoms of Depression in Men and Women

For men, when they experience depression, they report feelings of fatigue, frustration, irritability, loss of concentration, sleep disturbance and loss of interest in work and social activities. For women, on the other hand, they report feelings of profound sadness, guilt and worthlessness.

How Men Deal With Depression

For women, they tend to seek treatment for depression. Men usually deal with depression by diverting themselves into different activities. Some tend to use work as a tool to also divert themselves. Others turn to alcohol and drugs. Then there are some who engage in reckless behavior.

Depression in Men and Suicide

In the United States, women make more suicide attempts than men. However, four times as many men die by suicide than women.

Types of Treatment Available for Depression

  • Counseling, Psychotherapy or Group Support
  • Group or Individual Psychotherapeutic work
  • Antidepressant medications
  • In case of emergencies, or for some types of depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) may advised.

If you think you are experiencing depression, do not hesitate to ask for help or put up with it. There several organizations, treatment centers and other ways to get help.