Traits of Depression in Men

By Zinn Jeremiah – Health Articles, Some of the typical effects of depression in men.

There aren’t any boundaries with respect to who gets depressed and who doesn’t. All classes and categories of people can have depression. Traditional thinking was that women got depressed and men didn’t, but the six million depressive males in the United States alone proves this belief wrong, if there was ever any doubt that it was wrong to begin with. While men and women both get depressed, there is typically a difference in how men and women express depression.

As a rule, a depressive condition typically doesn’t receive treatment. There are a number of potential reasons for this. Depression may still be a poorly understood condition, and thus people typically don’t know when depression is occurring. Lack of access could be a factor: it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to limit care for mental health.

The belief that depression is somehow an indicator of weakness or of insanity is still prevalent today, and this sort of reasoning may especially resonate with men. Males often feel a sense of obligation to be strong and unshakable under all circumstances, and the thought of failing at this will often cause men to feel a sense of shame and even self-loathing. Rather than fail as a man then, males may instead choose to suffer.

Though men may often choose suffering over help in cases of depression, their suffering is rarely if ever silent. Depression will always eventually be expressed in some way or another, and this rule applies equally to men and women. When a male vents his depressive feelings, the outcome can be quite destructive. Men tend to turn to the old standby of alcohol, and possibly narcotics as well, as coping methods for emotional difficulties. The problem with using drugs or alcohol for coping is that addiction can develop, and men are more likely to report addiction problems than women are.

Depressive males may also become angry, possibly from the frustration of being unwell but believing that their honor prevents them from seeking help. When this sort of depressive anger appears, the people closest to the depressed male often feel it most. Anger from depression can, in exceptional cases, result in violent acts.

The reasoning then of depressed males who believe they’re better served by attempting to cope rather than seeking intervention is poor logic at best. A depressive condition that goes untreated often produces negative results, with loved ones often being hurt in the process. Depression with treatment leads to the restoration of good health in a timely manner. The better choice is obvious.