Male Depression and Psychotherapy Counselling
Men affected by depression often hide depressive symptoms, fearing that they may appear ‘weak’ to their colleagues, friends or family. The tendency is for men to carry on as normal, to cover up the symptoms of depression in an attempt to prove to others that he is, as ever, strong and successful.
The depressed man will often try to hide his difficulties by remaining actively involved in work and will make huge efforts to act normally around others. Symptoms, however will inevitably catch up and will include anger, irritability, chaotic sleeping patterns and excessive risk taking. The risk taking is an attempt at escaping the difficult feelings that often plague the depressed. Risk taking can include excessive risks at work, risks with sexual partners, drugs, alcohol, gambling or dangerous sports.
At its worse, male depression can lead to thoughts of suicide. If thoughts of suicide pervade, immediate help and treatment should be sought. Psychotherapy and counselling, can be a very good deterrent to suicide, often in combination with medication.
Coming into counselling or psychotherapy can help the depressed man to discover the roots of his depression and offers an outlet for expressing the feelings that are so hard to share with others. In psychotherapy and counselling at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, no one is judged. The individual will be heard with empathy, intelligence and discretion. At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the counsellors/psychotherapists work closely with Harley Street General Practitioners and Psychiatrists and so they are able to refer within the same day for medication where appropriate.
Getting help for your depression through psychotherapy and counselling can make a huge difference to your life.
Some symptoms of male depression
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or failure
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Lack of energy
- Problems sleeping
- Feeling angry or violent
- Feeling as if you can’t work or get things done
- Using sex, alcohol or drugs to feel better
- Sexual inability
- Having problems focussing or remembering, making decisions
- Not caring about anything
- Working too much
- Always feeling sad or nervous
- Feeling alone
- Being negative about everything
- Thinking about suicide