Depression in men is a topic I must bring up, since my passion here is to help you live a vibrant life throughout midlife.
Additionally, I receive many questions from women asking me why their husbands are so depressed. The fact that wives are asking me this rather than the men suffering from depression is telling.
Through my research, I’ve discovered that many in the medical community have linked depression as one of the major reasons why we, as men, statistically die sooner than our wives.
Not only is depression in men a larger issue than previously thought, but men suffer through depression in a different way than women do. Women will often seek out help when they feel the symptoms that depression brings.
Conversely, men will often suffer in silence. Many men simply can’t place their finger on what it is that they’re feeling.
Men may feel frustration at the challenges their adult children are going through. They may wonder why they’re experiencing weight gain that won’t come off in midlife. They may feel financial pressure at work.
All of these things can combine into a serious case of depression. To many men, though, they don’t want to admit they’re depressed or simply don’t think to link these issues with depression.
The danger with all of this is that if you’re depressed and you aren’t getting any help for it, you’re now at risk for a series of physical challenges.
In fact, I’ve discovered that a British Medical Journal study revealed that men who are seriously depressed are three times more likely to develop coronary artery disease than men who aren’t suffering from depression.
Additionally, depression in men is now linked to higher incidences of illnesses such as stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. It can also make you more likely to suffer infections.
I’d like you to consider how your relationships are affected when you’re feeling depressed and not seeking help for it.
Your wife is going to easily see that you’re not the same.
She will want to help you but most likely doesn’t know what to do after you’ve lost interest in her, your work, and your life in general.
I’ve found that even if you go talk to a doctor about your feelings, that doctors are trained to recognize "feeling low" symptoms as depression in woman more than they are in men.
When we combine the fact that men do a great job of keeping their true feelings to themselves with doctors not recognizing the symptoms of depression even when we do open up, it’s easy to see why this issue has become problematic.
You’re suffering and, in response, your wife is suffering. I encourage you to do everything you can to get a handle on this issue, be upfront with yourself about it, and then work together with your wife for a solution that helps you both move into midlife in an empowering way.
Although men in general hide their depression, older men in particular are extremely reluctant to open up about this.
Many seniors believe that a mental health issue is a clear sign of weakness.
Again, this is why we as men tend to simply focus ourselves on the physical issues, such as back pain, headaches, or weight gain, and refuse to admit that the physical signs are a result of our mental pain.
I want to emphasize with you that the statistics tell us that men in midlife are at high risk for suicide attempts when their depression goes undiagnosed and untreated. Further, men are four times more likely to “complete” their suicide attempt than women are.
If you are suffering from any symptoms of depression, I ask you to consider getting the help you need. I also encourage you to explore my web site.
Read the stories of other men who have felt what you’re feeling but turned things around and are now living abundant lives throughout their later years.
Don't forget, though, that men are harder to diagnose because we don't recognize or won't admit the symptoms of depression.
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