William Styron, Mike Wallace, Art Buchwald, cultural luminaries with one trait in common: All are prominent men who have publicly revealed that they suffer from depression. Perhaps distinction or age, or both, afforded them safety in disclosure.
That, however, is protection that most men lack. For them, depression carries so much of a burden of shame that it is hidden–sometimes so well it fools those who have it. It often masquerades as drinking and lashing out at others, and subverts relationships.
As a result, depression is vastly underdiagnosed in men, insists Harvard psychologist William Pollack, Ph.D. When the true body count is taken, depression may be as common among men as it is among women, although current dogma holds that depression favors women two to one. Read more