Black Men & Depression: The Top 8 Signs

A man touching his hands to his head while looking downMore than 5 million men in the U.S. experience depression each year.

Clinical depression—in women or men—can cause sadness and a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities. But depression often shows up in different ways in different people.

“While the symptoms used to diagnose depression are the same regardless of gender, often the chief complaint can be different among men and women,” says Ian A. Cook, MD, the Miller Family professor of psychiatry at the University of California–Los Angeles.

Common signs of depression in men can include:

1. Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little

Sleep problems—such as insomnia, waking up very early in the morning, or excessive sleeping—are common depression symptoms.