Depressed men rarely complain about feelings of sadness or hopelessness; they think it is a sign of weakness. Here are some signs of trouble:

  1. Withdrawing from other people and spending time watching TV, playing computer games or pursuing other solitary activities.
  2. Increased drinking or use of mood-altering medications.
  3. Change in sexual behavior: A depressed man can lose interest in sex, or become more sexually aggressive.
  4. Change in eating habits, either a weight gain or a weight loss of 10 pounds or more is considered significant.
  5. Disturbed sleep patterns, particularly waking up in the middle of the night or very early morning and being unable to get back to sleep.
  6. Irritability and fits of bad temper.
  7. Having difficulty making decisions.
  8. Taking increased risks, such as a sudden interest in gambling or skydiving; starting an affair.

These are problems that can strain or break families. What’s more they can sneak up on men who were previously healthy and have had successful careers. With proper treatment their mood and productivity, as well as health issues, can improve. It’s worth the fight to make these changes happen.