It’s okay to tell someone you’re depressed. In fact, talking about depression is the start of getting help, of being seen. But the person you choose to tell must be okay with hearing about depression. Depression can be very dark, and not everyone wants to hear the darker details. The person should be non-judgemental, […]
Hormones play a role in depression, but hormones don’t account for all the differences between male vs female depression. The differences between male vs female depression could also be cultural factors – what society expects of a man compared to a woman. Then there’s biological factors, inherited traits, life experiences, and gender differences that all contribute to depression.
How depression is different in men than women:
- men tend not to recognize depression or realize they are depressed.
- will feel depression as “body pains or aches” and try to get those treated instead of looking into mental health.
- a man will often fail to ask for help. The “shrug it off” attitude or “men don’t cry” thinking.
- a man will be careful about who he talks to about his emotions. He’ll open up only to a handful of close family or friends, and he will have to be the one starting the conversation.
- a man will be more angry, irritable, and tired when depressed.
- men show depression in actions: reckless behaviour, gambling, drugs, alcohol, abusive behaviour.
- a man is more likely to be successful when attempting suicide.
- more willing to recognize depression and admit to being depressed.
- will ask for help quicker than a man and will look into different techniques for dealing with depression.
- a woman is more willing to talk about emotions. A woman will talk about how she feels to a bigger group of people than a man would.
- a woman will feel often feel worthless and guilty.
- a woman may have an eating disorder like anorexia and bulimia.
- a woman is more likely to self-harm.
If you, or someone you know, needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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