Are you tired and irritable all the time? Have you lost interest in your work, family or hobbies? Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you feeling angry or aggressive, sad, or worthless? Have you been feeling like this for weeks or months?
If so, you may have depression. Every year, an estimated six million men in the United States have a depressive disorder such as depression, dysthymia (chronic, less severe depression), or bipolar disorder. Although these illnesses are highly treatable, many guys don’t recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression.
The feelings and behaviors that are part of depression can hinder a person’s ability to seek help. Both men and women get depression but they often experience depression differently. Men tend to have different coping skills, both healthy and unhealthy, than women. In addition, men in particular may find it difficult to admit depressive symptoms and ask for help. Tragically, four times as many men as women die by suicide, even though women make more suicide attempts during their lives.