Men and Depression

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Men are much less likely than women to seek help when they’re depressed, all to often seeking oblivion through alcohol or workaholism. High rates of suicide make this an issue of vital importance. This guide offers help to men and those close to them.

Men are less likely than women to talk about their feelings of despair or seek help from doctors.The stigma of depression is keenly felt, often considered to be shameful and ‘unmanly’ – how can he admit to suffering if he needs to be the ‘rock’ and provider. As a result the crisis can exist, largely unrecognised and unacknowledged by the men who suffer and by those who live or work with them.
Written by a health writer who has experienced caring for a partner with depression and a psychologist who offers excellent case histories and advice, the book contains everything the partner, friend or family member needs to know to help the sufferer and help themselves. Includes:
• What are the symptoms to look for and risk factors to be aware of?
• How can you talk about the subject
• Male stress and depression in different age
groups and life stages
• The treatment options – conventional, natural, group, therapy and more.

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Men who have experienced bouts of despair speak of it as a kind of living death, a deep darkness of the soul, where the self wages a struggle against loss, hopelessness and futility. Yet as intensely personal as the experience may seem, its effects spread beyond the individual into the circle of family, friends and work relationships.

This book offers help and understanding to both the men suffering such a crisis and those people in their lives who may feel very much alone and helpless, often coping with their own feelings of guilt, anger and despair.

Men are often poorly equipped to handle the emotional and physical crisis of mood disorders and are far less likely than women to talk about their problems or consult doctors with ease and openness. They may feel more keenly the stigma of depression, discouraged by their feelings of shame and guilt from admitting anything is wrong.

THERESA FRANCIS-CHEUNG and ROBIN GREY discuss those painful issues men and those close to them may be facing with warmth and understanding, offering sympathetic advice to help them find a positive way forward.

About the Author:

Theresa Francis-Cheung is a respected health writer. She is author of Help Yourself… Cope with Biological Clock Anxiety (Hodder).

Robin Grey is an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor with the British Association of Counselling. He works mainly with men suffering from depression, learning difficulties and illness.
He has worked for Mind and now has his own successful private practice.

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