This article is part of Why So Many Men with Depression Go Untreated & What to Do About It, News & Views, News & Views Summer 2015.
When men are depressed, they often exhibit symptoms different from those of women:
- Rather than appearing sad, men may become irritable, angry, or aggressive.
- They may focus on physical symptoms, such as headaches, back pain, digestive problems, erectile dysfunction, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
- Men are more likely to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.
- They may also try to escape from their feelings and isolate themselves by working long hours or watching endless sports on TV.
- Men are more likely to indulge in risky behavior, such as reckless driving.
- While men may not attempt suicide as often as women, if they do, they’re four times more likely to succeed.