Depression is a difficult place to live. Statistically speaking, more women than men will deal with depression over the course of a lifetime, yet we know that millions of men will face this difficulty, too.
So why is it so much harder for men to seek professional help when they’re struggling with the debilitating symptoms of depression?
For many men, admitting that things aren’t exactly right – especially when there’s nothing visibly wrong – may feel like exposing a weakness. However, since depression can trigger behaviors that harm and even end relationships with friends, spouses, employers and others, seeking the help of an individual therapist is actually a power move for any man dealing with this issue.
How can I tell if I’m depressed?
The signs of depression include:
- An irritable or sad mood that lingers for at least 2 weeks
- Trouble concentrating
- Noticeable change in appetite and energy
- Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Lack of interest in life
- Sleeping much more or much less than usual for you
- Suicidal thoughts
If you are thinking of ending your life, even casually, there is no doubt that you should reach out for professional help. In fact, if you are experiencing one or more symptoms of depression, it’s unlikely you’re going to just “snap out of it.” Most people need medical treatment and extensive social support to overcome depression, and the sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll begin to feel like yourself again.
Men and women may deal with depression differently
Unlike women, men who are depressed may not cry. They may not talk about their feelings or admit that they are considering suicide. They may also be more likely to isolate the