Men and women suffer depression almost equally. Men, however, are taught that any need for help shows weakness.
They are, however, at greater risk for depression-related illnesses and suicide because they hide what is going on from everyone, often even denying it to themselves.
Most men hide their depression by trying to cover their feelings. They most often do this with drugs, alcohol, sex, or work.
Depression shows in men not as helpless or hopeless, but as angry, frustrated, and other aggressive feelings.
Men are less likely to seek treatment than women and they are less likely to admit that they have a problem.
Depression and men is a silent battle that barely makes a rumble until the battle is over. The drugs and the smiles and the carrying on and acting hide many of the typical signs of depression from others.
It’s hard to pick up on the signs of depression if you are close to the person, and it’s even harder if they are trying to cover the feelings up.
If you notice that a loved one is showing any of the typical depression signs like oversleeping or not sleeping, tension, or uncontrollable anger (in the case of men) you should address the topic and let the person know that you care about them and that you are ready to listen when they are ready to talk. It’s important not to push the issue and just let things run their course with men.
If you are a man who is depressed, there are a few things you can do to help yourself:
- Talk about how you feel
- Stay active (Find an activity that you enjoy)
- Give yourself a break to do something you enjoy
- Find a way to relax at the end of a busy day
- Try to eat properly