Depression in Men: Facing the Facts
Depression afflicts more than 20 million Americans from all ethnic groups, ages, and backgrounds each year.
While ups and downs in mood are part of our daily experience, depression reflects a disturbance in mood and emotion over a period of time, interfering with a person's outlook and ability to carry on with their usual lifestyle.
Both men and women experience depression, though women are more likely to report it and men are more likely to ignore it.
Depression can include the following symptoms:
- Uncontrolled anger or violent behavior
- Increased use of alcohol / tobacco / reckless behavior
- Changes in usual eating and sleeping habits
- Increased complaints of headaches, physical pain or tension
- Problems at work or school
- Feeling unrelenting pressure, even when simple requests are made
- Changes in how they think and feel about themselves and life
- Changes in desire for social interaction, relationships, and sex
Depression can be triggered by situations that create feelings of helplessness, anger or stress, such as:
- Overwhelming responsibilities at work, school, or with family
- Not reaching important goals
- Unanticipated changes in job or military status
- Unrelenting financial problems
- Chronic illness, injury, disability that alters lifestyle and independence
- Death of a loved one
There isn't a single cause of depression. Biological, psychological, and social factors all play a part, as do lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills.