Male depression – from Tonic TV


Dr Norman Swan and the Tonic team look at the hidden epidemic of male depression.

Depression affects men and women differently, making it more difficult to identify and diagnose effectively in males. It’s estimated one in six men will suffer from depression in their lifetime – and far fewer are treated.

Tonic speaks to Clyde Rathbone, a former Australian Wallaby, about battling the depths of his depression while at the pinnacle of his elite sports career. International experts Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney and Professor John Oliffe from the University of British Columbia also weigh in on spotting the signs of male depression and what to do about it.

If you think you may have depression, talking to someone about it and getting the support and information you need is a first step.

Find out more about depression including how to get help, the symptoms and treatment options, and what lifestyle changes and other things can help you get better and stay well at

If you’re in the process of deciding about a treatment for depression, filling in a personal decision guide for medicines may help you to compare and discuss your different options with your doctor. Find out more at

This video is part of the Tonic series, produced with the assistance of NPS MedicineWise. Tonic is an ABC News24 magazine-style program that relies on the latest evidence and advice from world-leading health experts to inform viewers and help them to live a healthier life.

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