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Male Depression on the Rise

Male Depression on the Rise

More men are battling with depression these days; medical experts attribute it to the recession, or “Mancession,” as it’s been dubbed, the insinuation being that the failing economy has had a much deeper impact on the emotional health of men compared to women.

According to the British Journal of Psychiatry, symptoms of male clinical depression are expected to increase over coming years, as many men have been forced to make significant changes in their lifestyles and are having difficulty dealing with depression.

  • A growing number of men are becoming stay-at-home-dads, or “house moms,” a position unheard of in previous generations. While some are able to transition well to a home environment, most men find the change unsettling.
  • Many employees who have been laid off have created home-based businesses as a last resort to unemployment. One of the challenges of working at home for many is the separation of “office time” and leisure time.

Depression has often been associated with women, most likely because of hormonal imbalances which occur during PMS and menopause. Men who succumb to depression are unequipped to deal with their feelings of helplessness on their own.

Symptoms of male depression include:

  • tendency to project blame onto others
  • preoccupation with receiving praise and recognition
  • unresolved anger issues
  • Uncharacteristically aggressive behavior
  • Refusal to relinquish control
  • Difficulty getting enough sleep
  • Nervousness
  • Tendency to self medicate

Statistics prove that 80% of all suicides in the US are committed by men; individuals who are suffering any of the symptoms described are urged to seek professional help immediately.

Valuable resources are available online for men to connect with others. A few web site worth reading are:

MenGetDepression.com

Live Science: Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

Sources:

British Journal of Psychiatry

Fox News

Midlife Passages

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One Response to “Male Depression on the Rise”

  1. Jenny Ledd Says:

    Men’s depression is often masked by alcohol or drugs, or by the socially acceptable habit of working excessively long hours. Depression typically shows up in men not as feeling hopeless and helpless, but as being irritable, angry, and discouraged; hence, depression may be difficult to recognize as such in men. Even if a man realizes that he is depressed, he may be less willing than a woman to seek help. Encouragement and support from concerned family members can make a difference. In the workplace, employee assistance professionals or worksite mental health programs can be of assistance in helping men understand and accept depression as a real illness that needs treatment.

    Although men are less likely to suffer from depression than women, 6 million men in the United States are affected by the illness. Men are less likely to admit to depression, and doctors are less likely to suspect it. The rate of suicide in men is four times that of women, though more women attempt it. In fact, after age 70, the rate of men’s suicide rises, reaching a peak after age 85.

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