Symptoms

Could You Spot Depression in a Man?

Jerry Kennard Health Pro December 02, 2012
  • There’s supposed to be increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in men, but what happens if we compare a man and a woman with identical symptoms? This is exactly the question a researcher from the University of Westminster in the U.K. set out to answer. The results suggest t...

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  • Judy
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    Dec. 03, 2012

    I also think men are less likely to admit to depression because of the social expectation that they are supposed to be strong, never weak.  Terence Real has a book called "I Don't Want to Talk About It" which is a very good look at how depression might be evident in men and how hard it is to spot, precisely for the reason that is the book's title. ...

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    I also think men are less likely to admit to depression because of the social expectation that they are supposed to be strong, never weak.  Terence Real has a book called "I Don't Want to Talk About It" which is a very good look at how depression might be evident in men and how hard it is to spot, precisely for the reason that is the book's title.  Both of my sons deal with depression and the older one, even though he's been in therapy in the past and is still on medication, won't just come out and say he's depressed.  No, he has to get angry and cut himself off from everyone who cares about him then, when the worst is over, he might admit to having been depressed.  Like I wouldn't understand???  He knows I've had it most of my life and he still won't talk.

    • Jerry Kennard
      Health Pro
      Dec. 04, 2012

      Exactly, Judy. You have the lived experience of depression and you are well informed, yet this cuts little ice with your son. I agree with your observations entirely.