Men and Depression

Men's Health

Men and Depression

Men and Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is a state of feeling down, causing irritability, sleeplessness, emotional unavailability from friends and family, and the desire to isolate. The UNH Counseling Center(link) also has some good information on symptoms of depression.

Male Depression Facts

  • Men are seriously under-diagnosed for depression.
  • Many men see depression as a female behavior, which makes it difficult and unacceptable to acknowledge the depression
  • Men are given the message that they need to handle problems alone.

Depression and Society

Men are taught from a very early age not to cry. Many men have been raised being told that crying is weak, when in fact, crying is an expression of sadness, a normal healthy emotion.

The cultural taboos that help create depression in men also keep men from seeing the warning signs of depression.

In the U.S., 3-4 million men are believed to be clinically depressed. This is considered to be a very low estimate.

Overcoming Depression

  • Break down the myths about depression and being a man. Men get depressed.
  • Recognize that depression is a common mental health issue that can be treated
  • Find a counselor or therapist who has expertise in working with men. The UNH Counseling Center can help.
  • Talk to friends and family about your thoughts and feelings
  • Seek out others who are supportive and caring
  • Understand that you are not alone in how you feel

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically comes on during the winter months – when the days are shorter and darker.  For this, we offer a well-researched treatment for SAD, light therapy.

Additional Information

Getting help at UNH

Online Resources