Men suffer from depression rarely than women. The cause of mans depression lies often behind the excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs or other such habits. Man also does excessive overtime work. In men depression is often not reflected in feelings of hopelessness and helplessness but in the form of irritability, anger and frustration. For that reason it is difficult to identify the disease. Even if a man sees himself as depressed, he is reluctant to seek help. Encouragement and support of family members in such cases is very important.
The occurrence of suicide is four times higher in men than in women, although the number of women who attempt suicide is greater than the number of men. At the age of 70 the frequency of suicide in men is ever grater and peaks at the age of 85 years.
In men depression affects physical health differently than in women. Results of recent studies suggest that male mortality is higher than women’s, although the same depression increases the risk of coronary heart disease in men and women.