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Published on June 11, 2014

Men and Depression

Contrary to what some believe, both men and women can have depression. In fact, every year, about six million American men are diagnosed with the mood disorder. Yet these numbers may not reveal the whole story. The effects of stigma and societal expectations can prevent some men from sharing how they feel. Therefore, many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression.

Many times, men experience depression differently than women do and the symptoms are often more difficult to discern. When a man has depression, he has trouble with daily life and loses interest in anything for weeks at a time. Rather than expressing a depressed mood, men may seem more irritable and aggressive. Men may also be more likely to have difficulty sleeping than women who have depression. And although women with depression are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by suicide.

Worried about yourself or someone you know? In support of National Men’s Health Week® from June 9th to the 15th, please encourage the men in your life to take a free, online self-assessment for depression.

Bryan Medical Center offers mental health screenings at Bryan Health online screenings. The screening is anonymous and confidential. After answering a few questions, the user will receive feedback, educational materials, and treatment resources if necessary. Share the screening with someone in your life today.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dr. Dave Miers is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb. He also co-chairs the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Dr. Miers has published research focusing on family survivors of teen suicide and co-authored a chapter in an international handbook for clinical suicide research on the role of professionals in helping families after a child’s suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team in Lincoln, Neb.


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