HOW DOES DEPRESSION AFFECT MEN


Depression in men is a treatable health condition, not a sign of emotional weakness or a lack of masculinity. It affects millions of men of all ages and backgrounds. In men, as with all individuals, a sad or bad mood can be an ordinary reaction to losses, setbacks, and disappointments in life. As with the general population, male depression changes how you think, feel, and function in your daily life. It can interfere with your productivity at work or school and impact your relationships, sleep, diet, and overall enjoyment of life. Severe depression can be intense and overwhelming.

Unfortunately, depression in men often gets overlooked as many men find it difficult to talk about their feelings. Instead, men tend to focus on the physical symptoms that often accompany male depression, such as back pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, or sexual problems. This can result in the underlying depression going untreated, which can have serious consequences. Men suffering from depression are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, so it is crucial for men to seek help with depression because feelings of despair can become feelings of suicide.