Depression (Males)

In general, men tend to put off getting any kind of help because they are supposed to be tough, self-reliant, able to manage and take charge of situations. This can make it hard for men to acknowledge they have any health problems, let alone a mental health problem. Men are more likely to recognize and describe the physical symptoms of depression (such as feeling tired or losing weight) than women. Men acknowledge feeling irritable rather than saying they feel low.

Common symptoms of depression are as follows:

Behaviour

  • not going out anymore
  • not getting things done at work/school
  • withdrawing from close family and friends
  • relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • not doing usual enjoyable activities
  • unable to concentrate

Feelings

  • overwhelmed
  • guilty
  • irritable
  • frustrated
  • lacking in confidence
  • unhappy
  • indecisive
  • disappointed
  • miserable
  • sad

Thoughts

  • ‘I’m a failure.’
  • ‘It’s my fault.’
  • ‘Nothing good ever happens to me.’
  • ‘I’m worthless.’
  • ‘Life’s not worth living.’
  • ‘People would be better off without me.’

 

Physical

  • tired all the time
  • sick and run down
  • headaches and muscle pains
  • churning gut
  • sleep problems
  • loss or change of appetite
  • significant weight loss or gain