Depression often affects men differently to how it affects women. Where women suffering depression often appear sad, men experiencing depression often appear angry or aggressive.
Men often deny how they are feeling and are less likely than women to seek help. They may be reluctant to discuss how they are feeling, or worry that being diagnosed with depression may affect their career, or change how others perceive them.
As a result, male depression often goes undetected. This may be to their detriment as male depression has been linked to increased health risks, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Symptoms of male depression may include:
- Social withdrawal / loss of pleasure in normally enjoyable activities
- Worrying about finances
- Thoughts of suicide
- Increased anger aggression or violence
- Risky behaviour
- Increased alcohol or substance abuse
- Headaches or backaches
- Weight loss / gain or appetite increase / decrease
- Sleep disturbance
- Increase / decrease in libido
- Feeling overwhelmed or worthless