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  • Men and Depression

    Many men believe depression is unmanly and weak. This thought often prevents men from seeking counseling but these are false assumptions. It is estimated that well over 6 million men develop depression each year.  Once we understand that depression is not a weakness nor is it abnormal, we can heal.

    There are many causes of depression such as a death in the family, a job loss, a divorce, or an illness.  Sometimes the causes aren’t apparent.  The signs of depression in men can appear as anger or moodiness.

    Some people self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.  Relief is fleeting, and soon, the depression returns worse than before. Unfortunately, now there are two problems.  It becomes a vicious circle.

    The symptoms of depression can be fatigue, changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping, and overwhelming sadness. Men often withdraw and can become aggressive or hostile especially when alcohol may be involved. Relationships are disrupted and interests and hobbies are no longer pleasurable.

    Unfortunately, men tend to deny they are depressed. They’ve been raised to believe that showing such emotion is unacceptable for men.  Hence, they hide their feelings.  Talking to another person can make all the difference in the world.

    Mental Health Counseling can change a depressed person’s entire outlook. It has been described as an invisible dark cloud being lifted and removed.  Life becomes bright and hopeful again.  Looking forward to getting up in the morning returns.

    Many men have a difficult time seeing a counselor for the first time. After 2 or 3 sessions, most are thankful and begin to heal. As with a medical doctor taking care of a physical illness, a mental health counselor guides the patient back to a more functional and happy state of mind.