What Does Depression Look Like in Men?

June 19, 2019

According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some type of mood disorder, with depression as one of the most common conditions. But, the signs, symptoms, and even the coping methods of depression can differ in men and women. This Men's Health Month, we're sharing some of the most common signs of depression in males. 

Anger or Irritability

Men are less likely to show typical signs of depression such as sadness or melancholy. Instead, a man with depression is more likely to internalize his emotions and seem more irritable and short-tempered. Some men may even become violent.

Men experiencing depression may show a loss of interest in the activities the usually enjoy and, instead, show fatigue and indifference.

Substance Abuse
Men are more likely to cope with symptoms by drinking alcohol, abusing drugs, or pursuing other risky behavior, like trying activities that involve major life risks.

As a result of societal norms and culture, men tend to deny having problems because being emotional has long been considered a "feminine" trait.

While depression is a common mood disorder, it can often go unnoticed, especially in men. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek help.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, feeling depressed, or just need to talk to someone NOW, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TTY: 800-799-4889). They are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.