Although women are twice as likely as men to have depression, men are four times more likely to commit suicide. These statistics barely give you a glimpse of the complexity of depression depending on gender.
Depression through the eyes of men
Depression in men is harder to diagnose since they tend to mask them by overworking or other vices, such as alcohol, drugs, or smoking. Since men have greater problems expressing their emotions, their underlying depression often goes untreated for long periods of time with serious consequences such as a steep suicide rate.
The physical symptoms that often accompany depression are usually the most prominent signs that something is wrong. Men show an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger, but these symptoms are often disregarded as simply ‘a bad day at work’. This mentality makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.. Psychologists, physicians, and loved ones should be on the lookout for the early signs of depression and hidden feelings or symptoms of depression.