Dear Dr. B,
I heard recently that women are more likely to be depressed. Is that true? What does that say about be if I’m a depressed man?
Statistics suggest that more women are Diagnosed with depression. That doesn’t tell the entire story, however. Women are, by nature, more likely to seek out help for everything from directions to depression. And women are often the ones to encourage their male loved-ones to seek medical attention for sleep apnea to heart attacks.
So those statistics are based on the numbers of individuals actually diagnosed with depression. In order to be diagnosed with depression, an individual must first seek medical attention. And in order to seek medical attention, one must be willing to admit that there might be a problem.
Unfortunately, even though women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, a high percentage of men also suffer from this painful condition.
But if I can encourage you for a moment, there is no more reason to be ashamed of depression than there is of allergies or high blood pressure. They are all medical conditions that require treatment in order to avoid more devastating effects in the long run.
Sometimes, however, it takes a loving spouse, friend, or sibling to lovingly encourage our men to seek medical attention.
I applaud you for admitting, at least to yourself and to me, that you are “afflicted” as you say. Admitting we have an area of difficulty is the precursor to getting help and finding hope.
It takes courage to make such an admission. I pray you’ll use that same courage to seek appropriate treatment so that you won’t continue to suffer in silence.
I’m cheering you on!
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Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
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