Why am I writing on the causes of depression in men today? First, because I’m a guy so I understand. More importantly, men face unique causes and risks. For example, it seems more acceptable to say you are stressed than depressed. Because of this, many men do not get the help they need. Statistics found that women were more likely to attempt suicide. But yet, men are four times as likely to die from it. They tend to choose more lethal methods. Because of this, it is important to learn about the causes and signs of depression in men so you can help them.
Social pressure to be provider
This is not true of all men. There are a lot of articles out there that speak to men being intimidated by women who earn more than them. Men are tied to their careers and their salaries. If this is an area they are struggling with over time, it could become a cause for depression.
The appearance of strength
Men are taught to be strong both in their physical and emotions. Know the signs! Men are more likely to report fatigue and bodily symptoms from depression than women. They also show their depression with aggression. If you’re faced with hostility, there’s a chance it could be depression. They just don’t know it because they are mustering all their strength to show that they are not weak.
Depression commonly causes erectile dysfunction (ED). On the flip side, ED can also cause depression. Many men have high expectations of how they can perform in bed. If they have low self-esteem in this area, they could become depressed. Men too need to feel like they are attractive too! So some may be struggling with their size.
Surprise! Post-partum depression is not just for moms. Studies show that men are as likely as women to suffer from post-partum depression. Men are also part of an important life change. They may also be feeling left behind as all the attention goes to their spouse and their children.
So how can I help the men in my life who are depressed?
There are many things you can do, but I’ll keep it simple. Listen carefully, and do not give advice until you understand them. Do not ignore any comments about suicide and report them to his therapist or doctor. Help him make an appointment to find a doctor or mental health professional.
I specialize with men with depression , so feel free to ask my any questions below!