Male depression: a poorly ignored

Men, it will not do the Blues! How many of us have this type of received ideas? However, they are also affected by this evil being. Wrong diagnosis, denial of the problem… this disorder is underestimated in the male population. What prevents a good support? Update on the reasons for this assessment.

Depression masculine According to us figures, 70% of men with depression are not taken into charge1. Why has this problem? Bad diagnostic criteria?

Male depression

The symptoms of depression are yet known. They are also listed in the diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM – IV). Among the nine cities, at least five must exist for 2 weeks, and one of the 2 first must be present:

1 - Continued depressed mood;
2 - Loss of interest or pleasure for any activity;
3 - Appetite disorders or weight change of 5% at least during the
last month;
4 - Disorders of sleep (insomnia or Hypersonic);
5 - Agitation or a net slowing;
6 - Excessive fatigue;
7 - A feeling of guilt inappropriate;
8 - Concentration difficulties;
9 - Of the "dark thoughts" (or even thoughts of death, suicide).

But these criteria are called in question: they would be at the origin of some of the cases ignored by male depression. Indeed, some scholars consider these as too "female" symptoms. They do not allow to detect a depression in humans, which can be translated in different ways: changes of mood, aggression, rejection of intimacy, refuge in alcohol, drugs, the sports.

A withdrawal

But the problem is not only related to a lack of diagnosis, because man refuses to acknowledge that he suffers from depression. On the contrary, it is contains on himself and cache its State to his family, his friends… And this withdrawal will prevent the recognition of the disorder and its support. This ignorance of male depression and no treatment would have many consequences: alcoholism, violence… This would be also responsible for the problems in the couple. In addition, some men then refugieraient in work, sport or other activities are reported to that they practice intensively to forget their problems. These phenomena are considered conduits "of avoidance" of depression. Some speak even "of depressive equivalents".

An invention of the laboratories?

If the existence of male depression is a fact, some even accuse the pharmaceutical laboratories to artificially enlarge figures, to amplify the phenomenon and creates a new market. This at least is the theory of Philippe Ignore, known for having accused "antidepressants for depression". Exaggerated or not, the problem exists. And male depression is a disease too often silent. Its support through better recognition and acceptance of this disease.