Focus on: Men’s Mental Health – part 1

We take a closer look at men’s mental health

Part 1 – signs and symptoms of depression in men

Although symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, the symptom that is most associated with depression is a continuous feeling of sadness, hopelessness or emptiness. People experiencing depression often have trouble getting to sleep – or may even sleep too much – and can feel constantly tired. There can also be a lack of motivation, and absence of interest in activities which previously brought enjoyment.

However, depression in men can manifest as behaviour or symptoms that may not be immediately recognised as depression. For example, sometimes mental health problems can present as physical or somatic symptoms such as a racing heart, tight chest, constant headaches or digestive issues. In fact, when men have depression, many are actually more likely to see their doctor about physical symptoms than emotional symptoms.

Some other examples of lesser-known depression symptoms that may manifest in men include; escapist behaviours (for example, spending a great deal of time at work or on a hobby), controlling, violent or abusive behaviour, irritability or anger and risky behaviours such as reckless driving, or alcohol and drug use as a coping mechanism. Although these symptoms can also be experienced by women, they are more likely to present in men – for example, men are almost three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent, and are also more likely to use illegal drugs.

Words by Abie Taylor-Kelly, our Manchester TMS Practitioner

Recently, our CEO, Gerard Barnes took part in an interview with Speak On about men’s mental health and gender roles. Watch the interview below.


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