Men and women experience depression differently, but it’s important to understand the subtle signs of depression in men. Although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed.
Women, Men and Depression: the Differences
Depression in men may have a genetic component, or it may be the result of stress or loss of a loved one. In most cases, depression in men is due to a combination of factors.
When women are depressed, they tend to focus on those depressed feelings, including guilt, sadness and feelings of worthlessness.
Men tend to distract themselves or deny their depression, often by turning to other outlets such as work, sports, TV or risky behavior.
Men internalize their depression more than women. As a result, it often shows up as anger, irritability or lashing out at others
Types of Depression
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are three primary types of depression:
Major depression is so severe that interferes with sleeping, eating, working and enjoyment of everyday life. It may occur once in a lifetime, or an individual may experience several episodes.
Dysthymic disorder is less severe than major depression but may last two years or longer.
Minor depression is similar to dysthymic depression, but the symptoms are less severe and don’t last as long.