The symptoms of depression can sometimes differ between men and women.
While feeling persistently sad, lacking in motivation and loss of interest are common symptoms of depression, men are also more likely to experience anger outbursts, aggression and engage in substance abuse.
If you have been dealing with similar feelings and it has been affecting your daily life for the past 2 weeks or longer, it might be worth booking in for counselling in Newcastle to explore the root cause of the issue.
Masculinity and Emotions
Gender stereotypes affect everybody and it is often believed that talking about feelings is more for women, whereas “getting on with things” has been seen as more common for men.
While anger is often considered a “masculine” trait, it can also be quite damaging to relationships and lead to further problems at home, at work and in day to day life.
At present there is more of a public focus on everybody prioritising their mental health, and it is often seen as unhelpful to look at it through the lens of gender stereotypes.
There is still a journey ahead however, as the Office for National Statistics reported that 74% of recorded suicide rates in 2021 were male, showing there is importance for men to look after and seek help about their mental health.
Depression can be a significant factor leading towards suicide, so it is important for men who think they might be suffering from such problems to seek depression counselling in Newcastle or online counselling for depression either with us, or in their nearby area, without fear or judgement.
Some men are more likely to notice behavioural or physical signs of their emotions, so it can be helpful to take note of how you function day to day, or listen to the opinion of others.
For example, when feeling depressed some men may start to work excessively, become more self-critical or hurting themselves, drink more, or engage with other addictive behaviour (such as gambling or sex). They may also disengage from day to day tasks and become more withdrawn.
Physical signs of depression also include digestive issues, lack of energy, tiredness or sleeping too much, early waking, weight loss, and/or lack of interest in sex.
As some of these symptoms aren’t commonly thought of as being linked to depression in men, if you notice any of these problems, it’s important to talk to someone who can help
Time to Talk
If you think you might be suffering from depression, have a chat with one of our depression counsellors in Newcastle who can provide counselling in Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling’s therapy clinic, or online to help you better.
If you would like to talk in more detail about possible depression, send us a message using the box below, or call us on 07966645198 to speak to a member of the team today.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist