Feeling unhappy, sad or depressed is more  common than you think

Life is full of ups and downs. However, when the bad times overwhelm you, depression can take control of your life. Every person will experience depression in their own way. However, one thing is common to everyone and that is that depression will affect quality of life.

Emotional signs of depression may include:

  • Despondency
  • Pessimism
  • Helplessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Indecision
  • Despair
  • Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Isolation
  • Overwhelmed

Many men struggle to seek help for their depression.

A lot of men mistakenly deny they need help, as a way to stay strong and be in control of their emotions at all times. Some men hide their depression under their anger. Others self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, over eat, over exercise or overwork. These are common attempts at hiding emotional and physical pain. This struggle to cope may impact on relationships with your partner, family, friends, or co-workers.

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression can vary from mild to severe. Usually it results in some physical symptoms:

  • Weight loss/gain
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Lack of energy and/or enthusiasm
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent headaches
  • Lack of appetite

Depression is very common, more common than you may realise – according to   ‘Beyondblue’,  over 1 million Australians live with depression each year. The critical thing for you to remember is that depression is a symptomatic illness. It’s not a weakness. Whilst depression will impact on your emotional and physical well- being, it can be helped.

No need to suffer in silence or alone

We will help you deal with depression and support you to learn how to cope. Counselling with one of our experienced psychologists or psychotherapists will guide you to:

  • Identify the triggers for your depression
  • Develop skills and strategies to enable you to move forward
  • Uncover and resolve the underlying issues
  • Rebuild your long-term emotional and physical wellbeing.

Download our Fact Sheet on Coping with Depression

Watch a recent TV panel discussion on Men and Depression featuring Howard Todd-Collins the Director of MRC. Click here

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