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Men & Depression

Signs & Symptoms   |   Causes   | Getting Help  

Both men and women get depression, but men can experience it differently than women. And, while women with depression are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by suicide.

Many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression. They may be reluctant to talk about how they are feeling. But depression is a real and treatable illness. It can affect any man at any age. With the right treatment, most men with depression can get better and gain back their interest in work, family, and hobbies.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression has a number of signs and symptoms. Sometimes men or those closest to them, may not see the signs. Men are each affected in different ways, but three of the most common signs are pain, risk taking, and anger.  

Pain: Depression may show up as physical signs like constant headaches, stomach problems, or pain that doesn't seem to be from other causes or that doesn't respond to normal treatments.     

Risk Taking: Sometimes depressed men will start taking risks like dangerous sports, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, and casual sex.  

Anger: Anger can show itself in different ways like road rage, having a short temper, being easily upset by criticism, and even violence.    

Other common signs:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too much or too little, middle of the night or early morning waking
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss in pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as digestive disorders)
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, helpless or worthless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you have five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you could have depression and should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional for help.

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Causes of Depression

Research hasn't found any one cause for depression. But, both genetics and environment seem to play a role in changing the brain chemistry that affects our mood. In some cases, depression can run in the family, but people with no family history can experience depression too.  

Other Risk Factors for Depression include:

  • Stress
  • Situational Factors (i.e. loss of a loved one, losing/changing a job, divorce)
  • Other medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, stroke/heart attack, alcohol/drug abuse)
  • Medications     

Getting Help

If you think you may be depressed, seeing a professional can help you figure out if you really are or not.  And, if you are a professional can work with you to develop a treatment plan. Here are some professionals that you can talk to: Mental Health Professionals

Other resources for getting help include:

  • Your health plan or employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Community mental health centers
  • Social service agencies
  • Private clinics
  • Local Support Group 
  • Religious or Spiritual settings