Edmonds, WA (Oct 4, 2011) – Men seek treatment for serious depression only about half as often as women do, but that doesn’t mean men are suffering from depression only half as much. In fact, it’s estimated that 6 million men in the U.S. suffer from clinical depression each year, a figure that represents an incidence of depression that’s only about 15 percent lower than that in women. For depressed men, overcoming reluctance to admit their problem can be one of the biggest obstacles to treatment and recovery, according to Dr. Gregory Jantz of The Center • A Place of HOPE, a residential treatment center for depression in Edmonds, WA.
“Men who silently suffer through depression not only accept a lower quality of daily life than they have to,” says Dr. Jantz, “they also put themselves at greater risk for certain physical problems like heart disease.”
Dr. Jantz founded The Center in 1984 to bring a “whole-person” approach to assisting both men and women facing depression and other major life challenges. He is also the author of many books, including Moving Beyond Depression, Happy for the Rest of Your Life and Becoming Strong Again.
The symptoms of depression in men may differ from those shown by depressed women. Because of the societal pressure on them to maintain a masculine image, depressed men tend to exhibit symptoms that others may not associate with depression at all. These may include:
- Anger or hostility
- Feelings of stress or anxiousness
- Fatigue and/or difficulty sleeping
- Recurring pain, particularly stomach or back pain
Men afflicted by depression can also experience apathy, guilt, hopelessness, indecisiveness and feelings of worthlessness. However, men may find it harder to verbalize these “softer” feelings.
Statistics show that depression is more prevalent in men who are not married, including divorced or widowed men. Men who are unemployed or retired are also disproportionately affected by depression.
The Center • A Place of HOPE offers a free online depression survey that can help you determine whether you have feelings, attitudes and behaviors that may indicate that you’re currently suffering from depression or are at risk for depression.
For more information on The Center’s depression treatment program, visit APlaceofHope.com or call 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166.