How common is depression in men? According to the American Psychological Association, about 30% of men will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime. However, depression tends to effect men and women differently, and often goes undiagnosed in males. Whereas depressed women are more likely to report feelings of sadness and episodes of crying, men often experience different depressive symptoms.
Signs of Depression in Men
- low sex drive
- feeling unmotivated at work
- chronic worrying about career and finances
- issues with alcohol and drugs
- bouts of explosive anger
- pessimism and negativity
- infidelity and sex addiction
- pursuit of “risky behavior”
- medical health issues such as high blood pressure and chronic pain
- loss of interest in hobbies and recreational activities
- withdrawal from social activities
If you feel you, or a male you know, may be suffering from depression, speaking with a mental health professional such as a psychologist or counselor is a good place to start. A therapist can help evaluate depressive symptoms, as well as suggest possible courses of action. Males do not have to suffer through depression on their own. Treatment can help restore hope and optimism, helping men to re-enage their lives in positive, energetic ways.
Although male depression is very common, only 1 out of 4 men suffering from depression will seek counseling. It can be difficult for some men to accept help in such a personal area of their lives. Maybe they feel seeking treatment is an admission of weakness. For men, it can be helpful to think of the therapist as like a personal trainer. The therapist/trainer isn’t there to judge or lecture you about your shortcomings. The therapist/trainer is there to motivate and encourage. He is there to evaluate the problem in a logical way, and to help explore a customized treatment plan. It takes strength and courage to seek help. Counseling is often the first step in taking responsibility for your own mental health.
To learn more about symptoms of depression, view our depression self-evaluation.