Expert advice on why guys feel uncomfortable asking for help, and how to tell when they are depressed. Plus, tips on how to help them feel better, and the tell-tale signs of depression.
Jerry came to my office because of the “pressure” from his wife. “If I don’t change my involvement with the family, my wife threatened to kick me out,” Jerry said with a tired look on his face. As I completed the mental health evaluation, Jerry mentioned he felt blah throughout the day and consequently didn’t have much energy to do things with the family. He described his home life as demanding, as he tried to “please” his wife and kids. He did not sleep well and struggled to get up in the morning.
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Depression isn't only hard for him — mood disturbances also have a big impact on your relationship. But how do you bring up the subject? As the saying goes, "People don't care what you know until they know that you care." So what can you do to help?
Loss of Pleasure: Depression, by clinical definition, causes a person to lose interest or enjoyment in things that once pleased them. It can seem like a gradual disconnection from the world, a drawing away from sensations, people, and activities. Depression impacts every area of a man's life and, of course, his sex drive can be affected profoundly.
This guest article from PsychCentral was written by Kate Thieda For the healthy partner, it can be difficult to understand the inner experience of someone with depression. For the partner with depression, finding the words to articulate what’s happening can be impossible. Validating your partner goes a lot further, though, when the healthier partner has some idea about what exactly is happening.