Is the Man in Your Life Depressed?

Posted on 28. Jul, 2011 by angelica in Family & Relationships, Personal Best

Real men get real depression.

If you’ve been with your hombre for a while, chances are you know him well: his favorite sports team; how he likes his steak; and what makes him smile. But can you tell if he’s depressed?

Although both men and women suffer from depression, men are less likely to talk about their depression or ask for help. From early on, men are socialized to be competitive, successful and strong (physically and emotionally). Talking about their feelings can make them feel weak and vulnerable. They fear the risk of being ridiculed or rejected if they become emotional.

If your guy is depressed, you might notice following situations:

Regardless of occupation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or race, more than 6 million men become depressed every year.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Below is a list of signs and symptoms (from the National Institute of Mental Health). People who are depressed do not experience every symptom, but rather a few of them. The severity of the symptoms is also different for different people. Click through the list to read about each symptom and to read what real men say about their experience with depression.

Different Types of Depression

There are different types of depression. Below is a description of the 3 most common types of depressive disorders, as described by the NIMH:

Major depression (or major depressive disorder) is manifested by a combination of symptoms (see symptoms list above) that interferes with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. A major depressive episode may occur only once; but more commonly, several episodes may occur in a lifetime. Chronic major depression may require a person to continue treatment indefinitely.

A less severe type of depression, dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder), involves long lasting, chronic symptoms that do not seriously disable, but keep one from functioning well or feeling good. Many people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives.

Another type of depressive illness is bipolar disorder(or manic depressive illness). Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes: severe highs (mania) and lows (depression), often with periods of normal mood in between. Sometimes the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but usually they are gradual.

Real Life Risk Factors for Developing Depression

How Do Men Cope with Depression?

Instead of talking about how they feel, men commonly:

How You Can Help?

There is much we can do. Here are a few tips: