I’ve found that it’s much easier for women to say, “I’m depressed,” than it is for men.
This has more to do with what I call the “weakness factor,” in which men struggle to admit something’s wrong with them or acknowledge something they perceive as a sign of weakness.
Men get depressed just as women do.
The biggest difference between the sexes is that men typically won’t admit to themselves, or anyone else, that they’re feeling down.
Asking for help? As Anthony Soprano would say, “forget about it.”
Because most men struggle to accept the label of depression, when working with them I’ll describe depression symptoms and causes before I ever use the “d-word.” When men can see the cause and effect that results in depression, they’re much more willing to make the connection of depression to themselves