Black Men And Depression: What You Need To Know

When most of us think of depression, we think of intense sadness and tearfulness, but in men, the signs and symptoms associated with depression can be different.

While low mood, impaired sleep, decreased pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyed, low energy, appetite changes, hopelessness, decreased memory and concentration, and suicidal thoughts can be associated with depression, men may present differently. Examples of other presentations include:

Physical symptoms – Men may report more physical ailments related to the depression and stress they are experiencing. Some of the more common complaints include stomach problems, headaches, an increase in physical pain, and sexual dysfunction.

Substance use – It is not uncommon for men to use tools such as alcohol and drugs to deal with uncomfortable feelings associated with depression. This may actually be the preferred way to

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