Depression in men does not always manifest as typical symptoms like sadness or lethargy. While every individual is different, the signs of depression may be challenging to spot in men if they try to hide it or are accustomed to suppressing their emotions. Unfortunately, many men believe it’s a weakness to expose how they feel, so they hide their pain and depression. Keep reading to learn more about signs of male depression that may not be obvious.
Why Some Men Try to Hide Depression
Some, but not all, men try to hide their true feelings behind a façade of strength or stoicism. Perhaps they grew up with parents who shamed them for showing emotion. Or they may have been molded by a culture that taught them men shouldn’t be sensitive. These are reasons why it’s important for family members and friends to be aware of unexpected signs indicating male depression.
3 Signs of Male Depression You May Not Expect
#1: Avoiding Family Time
If you notice a man who was the center of family time is now withdrawing, this may be depression. While you may initially think it is rude or that the person is selfish, it could, in fact, be that depression is keeping him from wanting to be a part of activities with the family he would typically enjoy. It may seem easier to withdraw than to attempt to put on a happy face and act “normal.”
#2: Working Too Much
Overworking can signal that a person is trying to avoid dealing with emotions and symptoms of depression. When the male drowns himself in work, he can avoid family members and situations where he feels like he should behave in a certain way. At work, he can be on autopilot and accomplish tasks without facing emotions or depression.
#3: Problems with Sexual Performance or Desire
If your partner has sexual performance issues or shows a lack of interest, it may be a sign of depression. It’s easy to get offended and feel like something is wrong with the relationship. However, some men actually seek help for erectile dysfunction or sexual performance issues only to find out depression is the source of the problem.
Help Is Available for Men Suffering from Depression
So, no matter what the symptoms look like, encourage the man in your life to seek professional assistance if you think he may be living with depression. At Positive Living Psychotherapy, our experienced and compassionate therapists specialize in depression. We have helped countless men get the support and help they need to transform their lives, improve their relationships, and heal from depression.
Contact Positive Living Psychotherapy today to learn more about identifying the unexpected signs of depression in men or to schedule a free phone consultation.