Depression and men is a serious but treatable health condition that affects more than six million American males.
Men of all ages, ethnic origins, and walks of life have depression.
At each stage in life, men face stressful changes and events that may lead to depression.
Depression can touch every part of a man’s life – eating, sleeping, working, studying, and free time. It can take the joy out life.
It affects all the people who care about a man – friends, spouses, partners, parents, and children.
Depression can also lead to more serious issues. It is estimated that over 80% of suicides involve depression. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-age men. And, a large number of suicides involve men over the age of 70, especially those that are widowed or not married.
Depression has a number of signs and symptoms. Sometimes men or those closest to them, may not see the signs. Women and men experience and express depression differently. For example, signs of depression and men that are different than women are risk taking, angry outbursts and self inflicted pain.
Depression and Men: Anger
Anger can show itself in different ways like road rage, having a short temper, being easily upset by criticism, and even violence.
Depression and Men: Pain
Depression may show up as physical signs like constant headaches, stomach problems, or pain that doesn’t seem to be from other causes or that doesn’t respond to normal treatments.
Depression and Men: Risk Taking
Sometimes depressed men will start taking risks like dangerous sports, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, and casual sex.
This can come in the form of trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up early. Sleep that is restless or disturbed or excessive sleeping can all be signs that something is troubling you.
Here are some other common signs of depression in men, especially if they last for a few weeks or months:
Feeling guilty, worthless, or that you always fail
Feeling restless and/or irritable
Having no energy
Feeling angry or violent
Feeling like you can’t work or get things done
Using alcohol or drugs to feel better
Losing interest in hobbies, work, and/or sex
Having problems focusing, remembering, or making choices
Missing work, class, or appointments
Not caring about anything or feeling “blank”
Always feeling sad or nervous
Changes in appetite and/or weight
Working too much
Being negative about everything
Thinking about death or suicide
Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In Tennessee, about 3.7% of all adults will have serious thoughts of suicide. Furthermore, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment and men are over-represented in this group. Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.