In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to reveal the symptoms of depression in men and what you can do about them.
First a quick update:
**** “Dating – Are STDs a deal breaker?” – Read my quotes in the article in Men’s Health about how to approach dating when you have STDs: http://blogs.menshealth.com/health-headlines/smooth-navigator/2011/06/01
Now, lets’ talk about depression in men, how to identify it and what do to about it.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women suffer from depression more than men, and women suffer more than men from frequent mental distress. Women report feeling stressed, depressed, or having problems with their emotions fourteen or more days out of the month.
A nationwide survey of one million adults found the prevalence of adults who reported poor mental health on 14 or more days in a month increased from 8.4 percent in 1993 to 10.1 percent in 2001. And in the latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) – 2005-2006, women suffer from depression almost twice as much as men.
However, depression in men is much more dangerous than in women, because most men ignore it, deny it or respond to it with high-risk behavior.
- Men are 15 times more likely than women to go to prison, more likely to be obese, alcoholic and unemployed
- Men account for 80% of all suicides in the US
- The male suicide rate at midlife triples and then increases seven fold for men over 65
- 60-80% of depressed adults never get professional help
- Depression in men is often not properly diagnosed. According to Jed Diamond in his book, “Male Menopause”, it can take up to ten years and three health professionals to properly diagnose depression.
Unfortunately, depression is often viewed as a medical condition (a mental illness – a chemical imbalance in the brain, an organic neurological disorder) rather than the result of mental and emotional factors – stress, life changes, loss of meaning and purpose and being mentally & emotionally overwhelmed which, in turn, creates physical symptoms.