Among the leading causes of depression are chronic stress, so coping with stress effectively will definitely enhance your quality of life.  Life brings about change such as relationship problems, parenting, problems on the job, taking a new job, being diagnosed with a major health problem, getting fired, retiring, moving to a new home, etc.  Below is a list of life events that have been shown to bring about depressive disorders for both men and women:

  • Being abused sexually, physically or emotionally
  • Having money troubles, financial stress
  • Relocating  to a brand  new city where you don’t know anyone, social isolation
  • Moving out of the house to go to college, leaving home
  • Traveling for extended periods of time for your job, job stress
  • Transitioning in life to take go to college, join the military or taking a new job, role transitions
  • Getting married, marital strife, divorce, adjusting to loss of spouse
  • Having a child, parenting problems
  • Care giving for an older parent, spouse or child
  • Getting fired or taking a new job
  • Witnessing or being a victim of a traumatic event, including military combat, crime victim, rape, robbery, etc.
  • Failing to live up to your own expectations, being self critical
  • The sudden loss of a close family member or friend, unexpected loss, traumatic loss
  • Getting into a major accident, experiencing a threat to your life, motor vehicle accident
  • Getting extremely sick
  • Having a disability or chronic illness, chronic illness, disability
  • Using alcohol or drugs, alcohol abuse, drug abuse
  • Being in a relationship with a partner or family member who is abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Fighting with your significant other, conflict, arguments, etc.
  • Parents fighting a lot or getting a divorce, separation
  • Failing in school, work, social or interpersonal relationships
  • Retiring, life transitions,

Coping With Stress: Younger Men

Transitioning in life is tough for anyone.  Going away from first time in college by living in the dorms, taking a new job 2000 miles away brings on stress for everyone.  For younger men this is especially true and can bring about health problems or depression.  When young men have anxiety they are also prone to self medicate with drugs or alcohol.

Coping with Stress: Middle Age Men

As men start to accomplish themselves by building a career and family they have more responsibility.  The workday is usually very long so there is a lot of job related stress such fear of losing the job, moving to take a better job or trying move up in the company.  Family can also cause great stress because the men often feel they have to financially and emotionally support their wife and children.  There can be an illness in the family or conflict which leads to even more consternation.  For many middle age men they are so busy worrying about their job and family, they don’t take time for themselves, deny that their needs are important, don’t make time to unwind which contributes to stress and depression.

Coping with Stress: Retired Men

For many men, their identities, self work and self esteem are tied up in the jobs.  Retiring can bring about feelings in men that they have outlived their usefulness. This is particularly true in forced retirement, whether due to illness or corporate policy.  And as we get older the body breaks down so these men might not be able to accomplish tasks that have been doing their entire life and might need to depend on others which make them feel dependent and worthless. This is also a season of life in which more family and friends get sick and die which can be extremely sad and depressing.

Coping with Stress: Health Problems

Life has its peaks and valleys.  A major stressor in anyone’s life is learning that you have an extremely serious health problem.   Some health related problems trigger depression more than others.  Some common ones are diabetes and heart disease.  Chronic medical conditions are often associated with depressive disorders.  On the other hand, mental health disorders are also associated with chronic medical conditions.  Anxiety disorders, depressive conditions,  PTSD, drug abuse, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are often associated with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.

Coping with Stress: Getting Help

Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  Helping men cope with stress, role transitions, medical illnesses and other conditions is our priority.  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 fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN 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 men who are depressed, 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.