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On Men and Depression

Posted Oct 10 2008 1:13pm
This weekend, I'll be at the annual conference for the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education, speaking about depression and boys. Boys' depression is a complicated issue, as it combines the difficulties of dealing with child or adolescent depression (the acting out, behavioral shifts and difficulties, etc.) with the difficulties of dealing with men's depression (the social stigma, perceptions that to seek help would be "unmanly", and so on). For anyone who is interested in learning more about men's depression, I highly recommend visiting the Men Get Depression website for more information. (Not to mention the resources available on the Men's Health Network site as well.) To be honest, it has been hard not to get caught up in the emotion of the subject while I've been researching it. I've read heartbreaking story after story--all of which are being told with the hope that the listener takes the message the need to recognize problems before they become severe--this can be especially difficult in boys and men who tend to express such problems through anger or risky behavior (such as alcoholism or drug abuse--which can sometimes be symptoms of a mental illness). For more on men and depression, here's a snippet of the Men Get Depression video:
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