Depression in Men

It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a fact. Guys get depressed. Depression affects millions of men every year, and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Depression is a thief

  • It’s an illness that can rob you of your will to live. It can also steal:
  • The pleasure from things that used to give you joy
  • Your physical energy and strength
  • Your connections to friends and family
  • Your ability to handle stress

MythDepression is a sign of personal weakness

RealityDepression is a real illness

Myth‘Real men’ are in control of their emotions and don’t let things get to them

Reality‘Real strength’ is facing whatever challenges arise

MythFeeling sad or down is not manly

RealitySadness is an emotion all humans feel, including men

MythAnyone with enough willpower ought to be able to ‘snap out of it’

RealityDepression isn’t overcome by willpower alone, you have to learn and acquire new skills and tools to beat it

MythMen should not ask for help; they should be able to cope on their own

RealityConsulting others for direction and guidance really means taking control and it’s the smartest thing you can do

Because of these myths, men will often talk about feeling angry or irritable rather than sad or down. These myths can also feel like handcuffs for men, preventing them from reaching out to others for even a little support. This contributes to many men not seeking support until their depression is very severe, if at all. This can place men at an increased risk of taking their own lives – the greatest risk factor for suicide is untreated depression.

Man with depression

Men are taking action

Fortunately, more and more men, including professional athletes, musicians, actors, lawyers, businessmen, writers, tradesmen, teachers, men in the military, and everyone in between, are ‘going public’ about depression and taking control of their health.

The myths are breaking down, freeing guys to talk about and tackle their depression.

Depressed Asian man looking at camera

Depression can be treated

Ignoring or hiding the pain of depression only makes things worse. This site will provide you with tips and tools, information about professional services, and stories of success that show you how depression can be overcome.

It starts with you recognizing depression and then making important changes in your life to overcome it. It takes courage. It takes strength. It takes work. But know that it can be done.

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