A common misconception about depression is that it is “only in your head.” Depression is caused by an imbalance of chemicals and hormones in your brain, which can cause you to have severe mood swings, loss of appetite and sleep, and lower energy levels. At its worst, the symptoms of depression can lead people to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
While women tend to have more diagnosed cases of depression and other mental illnesses, the societal pressures on men have discouraged them from seeking help from psychiatrists and instead turn towards substance abuse and antisocial behavior as a coping mechanism.
As with any disease, depression and mental health illnesses can be treated through medication and therapy. However, the first step to be taken is admitting that you have a problem and need to seek professional help. Fortunately, the openness towards discussing mental health issues has improved in recent years, reducing the stigma on people and men, in particular, who have it.