Even though women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, men are 4-6 times more likely than women to commit suicide.
In general, men tend to experience stigma brought on by a social culture which celebrates self-reliance, toughness and repressing emotions. This prevents men from seeking professional help, or makes them wait longer before doing so.
A Canadian research study by Dr Mackenzie and colleagues found that depressed men reported significantly more self-stigma related to help-seeking than women.
Another reason why men are less frequently diagnosed with depression is that depression presents itself a bit differently in men than in women. In addition to the common symptoms of depression, men are more likely to experience the following signs:
- Chronic irritability.
- Exaggerated anger and aggressive behaviour.
- Drinking too much or abusing other substances.
- Risk-taking or impulsiveness.
- A tendency to overwork (as a way to cope with depression).
- Arrogance (as a way to mask insecurity).
Read more about depression in men: The hidden signs of depression in men – how do men deal with depression?