Understanding Depression in Men

Did you know the signs, symptoms, and even the coping methods of depression can differ in men and women? According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some type of mood disorder, with depression as one of the most common conditions. For Men’s Health Week, let’s take a deeper dive into the most common signs of depression in males. 

Anger or Irritability

Men are less likely to show typical signs of depression such as sadness or melancholy. Instead, a man with depression is more likely to internalize their emotions and seem more irritable and short-tempered. Some men may even become violent.


A man experiencing depression may show a loss of interest in his usual pleasurable activities. Instead, they will show fatigue and indifference.

Substance Abuse

Men are more likely to deal with their symptoms by drinking alcohol, abusing drugs, or pursuing other risky behavior such as trying activities that involve major life risks.


As a result of societal norms and culture, men tend to deny having problems because it is often seen that expressing emotion is a feminine trait and men must stay strong mentally and physically.

While depression is a common mood disorder, it can often go unnoticed, especially in men. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek help.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, feeling depressed, or just need to talk to someone NOW, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TTY: 800-799-4889). They are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.