Depression in men
Depression affects millions of men of all ages. It is a serious condition that impacts how you feel and function on a daily basis. It can interfere with your work or school, affect your relationships, and take a toll on your sleep, diet, and enjoyment of life. It can be intense and relentless.

You may not initially realise just how much your symptoms are affecting you. You may be reluctant to convey your feelings for fear of not seeming ‘manly’ enough. You avoid professional help because you fear that the stigma of male depression could damage your career. You seek distractions, such as working excessively, to avoid dealing with feelings or relationships. You may even be ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol or drugs as a means to cope.

Depression in men goes largely undiagnosed and can have devastating consequences if left untreated. Men under the age of 50 are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. While asking for help can be hard, your condition will likely get worse without treatment. There is no shame in male depression; it can take hold of anyone, even the most powerful of personalities.

Recognising depression in men: what are the symptoms?
As well as the common psychological, physical and social symptoms of depression, there are some symptoms and behaviours that are more common in men than in women. These can range from unhelpful to destructive, and include:
  • Increased loss of control
  • Irritability or inappropriate anger
  • Abusive, controlling, or violent behaviour
  • Risk-taking, such as reckless driving, unsafe sex or compulsive gambling
  • Physical manifestations such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
  • Loss of interest in work and/or hobbies
  • Feeling suicidal

Some of these symptoms could be signs of, or might overlap with, other mental health conditions, so seeking professional help is crucial to determining an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Treating depression in men: what are the options available?
Whilst there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, there are a range of highly effective treatments that can help you overcome depression and reclaim your life. These include different types of psychotherapy, nutrition and lifestyles changes, as well as medication.

Some doctors can be far too quick to prescribe anti-depressants, and other drugs, in cases where medication should be a last resort. I will assess you using an integrative approach, and formulate a treatment plan based on the causes and severity of your depression, as well as other lifestyle factors. The important thing is determining the right treatment for your needs.

If you feel you are suffering from depression, please get in touch to arrange an assessment.

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