Depression in men often goes unnoticed, but therapy can provide substantial support.

Depression in Men: Does it Look Different?

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Each year, more than 6 million men suffer from depression, yet male depression frequently remains overlooked in clinical diagnoses. Depression in men can present differently than in women, as societal expectations and cultural influences can impact how men express their emotions. It’s important to recognize the signs of male depression and by addressing these symptoms early on, individuals can take steps toward improving their mental health and receive the proper treatment they need.

In this article, the counseling team at Dr. Messina & Associates will explain the warning signs of male depression and what you can do if you or a loved one are experiencing these conditions.

Understanding Male Depression

Depression in men is a complex and nuanced issue that requires understanding and empathy. While the signs and symptoms of depression can be similar between men and women, some unique factors contribute to depression in men.

Societal norms and cultural pressures can exert a substantial influence on male depression. From an early age, boys are frequently conditioned to “toughen up” or “pull themselves up by the bootstraps” While resilience and determination are commendable qualities, there are instances when men may encounter difficulties in openly expressing their emotions. Men may feel pressure to appear strong and stoic, which can make it difficult to seek help when they need it.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Male Depression

Both men and women can be affected by depression, yet they may exhibit distinct symptoms and employ distinct coping strategies. When depression manifests in men, it may be camouflaged by unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Here are some potential signs of depression in men:

  • Escapist behavior, such as spending a lot of time at work or on sports
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive problems, and pain
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Controlling, violent or abusive behavior
  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness (inappropriate anger)
  • Risky behavior, such as reckless driving
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge

Both men and women can experience these symptoms:

  • Feel sad, hopeless, or empty
  • Feel extremely tired
  • Have difficulty sleeping or sleep too much
  • Not getting pleasure from activities usually enjoyed
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Seeking Therapy for Male Depression

Therapy can be an incredibly effective tool in treating male depression. It provides individuals with a safe and supportive environment to explore their emotions and work towards healing.

When seeking therapy for male depression, it’s important to find a therapist who specializes in men’s mental health. These therapists have a deep understanding of the unique challenges that men face and can provide tailored support and guidance.

Many men may feel hesitant about seeking help for their mental health due to societal stigmas and expectations. However, it’s important to remember that seeking therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. It takes courage to confront and overcome mental health challenges.

Struggling With Male Depression? Find a Therapist Near You.

If you’re based in Southlake or Flower Mound, there are a variety of therapists and healthcare providers at any of our locations who specialize in men’s mental health. It’s important to do your research and find a therapist who is the right fit for you. By visiting our website and scrolling our Providers page, you can get a feeling of which therapist you’d like to visit with. No matter which counselor or therapist you choose, we promise that you will experience a safe environment that encourages you to express your emotions and seek help when needed.

Remember, therapy is a journey and it may take time to find the right therapist for you. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to find the right fit.

Additionally, there are a variety of mental health support groups and resources available for men who are struggling with depression. These can be a great supplement to therapy and provide additional support and guidance.
By seeking therapy and taking steps towards healing, men can overcome depression and live happier, healthier lives.

Do you think you might have depression? Reach out to us today.

Depression is a serious issue that should never be downplayed or ignored. If you or someone you know is grappling with symptoms of depression, you don’t have to suffer alone. Our team of compassionate therapists are here to listen and provide the care you need. The first step is the hardest — reaching out! Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Flower Mound or Southlake counseling locations.


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