1 in 8 men will experience depression at some stage in their lives.
It is completely normal to feel down or upset at times, when faced with adversity in life. However, if you find you're feeling extremely down or sad for long periods of time and its impacting your usual routine, you may be suffering from depression.
Often known as "the black dog", depression affects people of all ages.
Symptoms may consist of:
- Low mood & lack of motivation.
- Losing interest in hobbies.
- Feeling isolated.
- Weight loss or gain.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
Unfortunately, men in particular often suffer in silence and do not seek support. We are traditionally told to "toughen up" and that "boys don't cry". Yet this doesn't help and as a result, many men attempt to deal with their depression via substances, gambling, excessive tv and/or sports.
Men with depression may appear restless or agitated and often blame others and create conflicts with loved ones.
The good news is that depression is fixable and professional support and treatment is available.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44.
If you're concerned that someone in your life may have depression or would like support for yourself, please contact us.