Corporate EAP Resources

       Depression in Men: Undiscovered, untreated.... What you can do....

  

Understanding Depression.... Over 6 million men in the United States are affected by the condition. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, men are less likely to admit to depression, and doctors are less likely to suspect it.

Anger: Depression typically shows up in men as irritation, anger, and discouragement making depression difficult to recognize. Men's depression is often masked by alcohol or drugs, or by the socially acceptable habit of working excessively long hours.

Physical Health: Depression can also affect the physical health in men differently from women. A new study shows that, although depression is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in both men and women, only men suffer a high death rate.


Steps to Take: Even if a man realizes that he is depressed, he may be less willing than a woman to seek help. Encouragement and support from concerned family members can make a difference. In the workplace, employee assistance professionals or worksite mental health programs can be of assistance in helping men understand and accept depression as a real illness that needs treatment.

Your Employee Assistance Program is a free benefit.
You do not need a referral to make an
appointment for a consultation.
Call the EAP at this toll-free number: 1-866-635-1712.
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Symptoms

The presence of at least five of the following symptoms for a minimum of two weeks...

• Feelings of sadness or irritability that don't go away
• Loss of interest and pleasure in activities you once
   enjoyed
• Trouble falling asleep, oversleeping, waking up too
   early
• Feelings of guilt, helplessness
• Decreased ability to concentrate
• Fatigue or loss of energy
• Thoughts of suicide or death

Myths

According to the National Institute of
Mental Health, myths about depression can keep people from doing the right thing.
Some common myths are:

• Myth: Talking about depression makes it worse.
• Fact: Talking through feelings is a helpful first step.
• Fact: Talking through feelings is a helpful first step.
• Myth: Depression is no excuse for missing work
• Fact: Although rarely given as a reason, absenteeism
           is a costly outcome of untreated depression
Here's some reading:
Real Men, Real Depression
National Institute of Health
The New Depression
Article

Depression, a Frequent Visitor to
Wall Street

NY Times 2004