Depression is Treatable.

Depression is a constant feeling of sadness and disinterest in activities you once enjoyed. You feel hopeless, miserable, and drained of joy. When you learn to cope with it, you can gain perspective and focus in your life.

Depression in Men

Depression in men is common, yet it’s largely misunderstood and undiagnosed. Part of the problem is how we view depression as a society, and the beliefs we instill in boys and men about it: “suck it up,” “real men don’t/can’t cry,” and “talking about emotions is a sign of weakness.”

This emotional suppression leads to guys not knowing that they’re depressed. It’s hard to diagnose in men because they don’t always understand why they’re upset. They can’t concretely point to what makes them feel hopeless, or why life feels like it has no meaning. They just assume they’re sad, and that they’ll eventually get over it. But depression isn’t the same as being sad. A sad person knows what they’re sad about, like a death, a job loss, or an illness. Meanwhile, a depressed person doesn’t have an outward source to point to, because depression is guilt and anger directed inward towards themselves.

While depression might feel permanent, it can improve with treatment. There are practical tools you can implement that will help you develop insight and understand what you’re distressed about. The sooner you can diagnose it, the sooner you can get better.

Depression Symptoms

The symptoms of depression in men can be part of everyday life and don’t always signify that you’re depressed. But, you might be depressed if, for more than two weeks, you’ve felt sad or miserable most of the time, or have lost interest in usual activities that used to bring you joy, such as sports or sex. You will also have experienced some of the symptoms below.

01 Physical

  • Feel extremely tired, lethargic
  • Sleeping problems
  • Headaches & muscle pain
  • Can't cry
  • Sick and run down
  • Significant weight loss or gain

02 Emotional & Behavioural

  • Feel sad, hopeless or empty
  • Lose interest in activities, isolated
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Controlling or violent behaviour
  • Feelings of guilt, shame
  • Thoughts of suicide

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Treating Depression

Depression happens to men more than you think, but it’s very treatable and most men recover from it. To help you manage it, we’ll first investigate its root cause, which might be due to family history, trauma, brain structure, medical conditions, stressful events or drug use. Then using a combination of counselling and coaching, we’ll work together to diagnose your issue and move forward with a set of tools that you can take away and implement in the real world to win at life more often.

265 M

265 million people around the world have depression

- World Health Organization

30.6 %

30.6 percent of men have suffered from a period of depression in their lifetime.

- American Psychological Association

4 x

The suicide rate among American men is about four times higher than among women.

- American Psychological Association

80-90 %

80 to 90 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully.

- TADS Study

Types of Depression in Men

There are many different types of depression, or mood disorders, that men can have. It impacts different people in different ways at any stage of life and can last short-term to long-term, with differing levels of severity.

Seasonal

Depression that occurs during the winter months when there’s less natural sunlight.

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Major

Major depression that interferes with daily life, with symptoms lasting for more than two weeks.

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Dysthymia

Chronic, lower severity depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.

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Bipolar

Episodes of mania, or a hyperactive, energized mood, followed by periods of depression.

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Mood Swings

Extreme changes in emotions that everyone experiences, often rooted in anger.

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