MALE DEPRESSION: How to Identify the Signs, Symptoms and Triggers of Male Depression

The signs and symptoms of male depression often look very different from women’s depression –and as a result, men often remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Do you know the most common symptoms, signs and triggers for male depression, and how to decode male expressions of depression in men?

Did you know that women more often attempt suicide, but men more often complete suicide attempts, and end their lives.

If you know or love a man who may be depressed, this is the video for you!

Typical depressive symptoms include:

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What if I or someone I know is in crisis?

Men with depression are at risk for suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, get help quickly.

Call your doctor.
Call 911 for emergency services.
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).

Veterans can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 then press 1.

In many instances, a crisis can be avoided when friends or family members are involved in the treatment and can recognize crisis warning signs. Crisis warning signs are different for different people. One person may have more trouble sleeping and become more agitated. Another person may sleep more, stop eating, and focus on disturbing thoughts. Creating a plan that lists the loved one’s warning signs—those actions that usually occur before a crisis—and the health care provider’s contact information may help avoid a crisis.

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