BROS & DEPRESSION

TRIGGERS FOR DEPRESSION

There’s no single cause of depression in men, Bro. Biological, psychological, and social factors all play a part, as do lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills. While any man can suffer from depression, there are some risk factors that make a man more vulnerable, such as:

  • Loneliness and lack of social support

  • Inability to effectively deal with stress

  • A history of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Early childhood trauma or abuse

  • Aging in isolation, with few social outlets

  • Retrenchment, bankruptcy and loss of income

  • Grief and bereavement

  • Impotence or erectile dysfunction​

Depression and erectile dysfunction

  • Impotence or erectile dysfunction is not only a trigger of depression in men, it can also be a side effect of many antidepressant medications.

  • Men with sexual function problems are almost twice as likely to be depressed as those without.

  • Depression increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.

  • Many men are reluctant to acknowledge sexual problems, thinking it’s a reflection on their manhood rather than a treatable problem caused by depression.

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