Do men suffer from depression?

Absolutely, yes.  Depression among men has been described as a silent epidemic, as men have tended to hide their condition to avoid being perceived as weak or unmanly.  When hidden, depression in men shows up in other ways — for example, physical symptoms such as headaches or digestive problems.  Irritability or hostility are often rooted in untreated depression.  Excessive drinking, overworking, and sexual acting out are often attempts to escape depression, but cause more suffering.  It’s important for men to begin talking about it, and for all of us to listen.

If you’re a man suffering from depression, know that it is definitely treatable.  If you know a man who’s depressed, encourage him to seek the help that he deserves.  If you need help, take the first step… Talk to Fran.