While both men and women can experience depression, gender expectations in society can cause men and women to react differently to this mental health condition. Here are three things that men in particular should know about depression.
Depression does not equal weakness
One of the most damaging myths about depression is the belief that it is a sign of weakness. With cultural expectations of masculinity, this myth can make it particularly hard for men to accept depression in themselves. In fact, depression has nothing to do with personal strength or weakness. It is caused by a variety of complex factors that are often out of your control, including genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain, and stressful life events.
Asking for help is a sign of strength
If you struggle with depression, asking for help is one of the best things you can do. While it can be difficult to open up about the emotions you’re experiencing, doing so makes it possible for you to better understand your mental health, gain new perspectives, and learn how to combat depression effectively. Asking for help demonstrates that you are ready to take on the challenges of depression in a healthy and mature way.
Seeking treatment for depression can help you and your loved ones
Some people feel that talking about depression can’t help. In fact, trying to do everything on your own can actually put greater stress on yourself and your family—especially if your depression worsens. By asking for help and following the treatment plan your mental health professional designs for you, you can make steps towards progress, making life and relationships easier and more fulfilling.
If you think you may be suffering from depression, contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our mental health professionals. We’re here to help you and your loved ones on the path to better mental health.