Men often experience emotional distress differently to some women. Many people think that feeling sad or tearful is the main sign of depression but often this is not the case. Feeling angry, frustrated, having regular headaches, muscle pains or digestive problems are all common symptoms of low mood and for men, that’s often what they notice first.
Some men may also use different coping skills when they are feeling low or stressed. For example, this might be drinking or smoking more, risky behaviour such as reckless driving or overdoing activities like work or sports.
Men often feel that there is a lot more stigma attached to talking about emotional problems for them than there is for women. It can be harder for them to ask for help and for others to offer support.
Issues that men often talk about include anger, stress, low mood, relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, issues around retiring or being made redundant and issues around getting older.