Unmasking male depression

How to recognize male depression

Women are diagnosed as suffering from depression, mainly by exploring their feelings. Men are better diagnosed by paying attention to their behavior. Or, to put it more succinctly, women feel their depression; men act it out! Women get sad and try to “connect” with friends or seek to take care of someone else called the “tend and befriend” response.

On the other hand, men give vent to it through frustration and anger. They become irritable and moody. They don’t connect, but withdraw, retreating into their cave while they give their loved ones the “silent treatment.” It is this “masking” of depression that characterizes male depression.

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