Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Depression In Men

PHOTO: Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression

TODAY, Tuesday January 12, 2010, VOICES, Page 30
Dr. Bill Maier


Depression is often seen as a woman’s problem, mainly because twice as many women than men are diagnosed with the disorder.

PHOTO: Many women are also particularly vulnerable after the birth of a baby. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as the added responsibility of a new life, can be factors that lead to postpartum depression in some women.

But that is because men are less likely to admit that anything is wrong, and because depression looks different in men than it does in women.

Rather than becoming sad, men may become irritable or fatigued. Depression causes them to doubt their self-worth. They may also suffer headaches or insomnia.

Men need to know that depression is not a weakness and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Once diagnosed, it is highly treatable.

PHOTO: David by Michelangelo

If you suspect that the man in your life is depressed, encourage him to seek professional counseling. Do not nag but be persistent.

Most men may say that nothing is wrong but deep inside they probably know that they need help.

PHOTO: Everyone it seems is vulnerable to depression! Current research shows one in four women and one in six men in Australia experience clinical depression during their lifetimes. At some point or another most of us have or will express feelings of depression.

By Dr. Bill Maier
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PHOTO: Women are more often affected by depression and this gender difference is consistent across all age groups.

PHOTO: Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression