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Men Get Depression

Airs Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: John Head and family - This program addresses depression's "collateral casualties" - men's spouses, children and friends, all of whom can play a critical role in recognizing symptoms, encouraging treatment and providing emotional support.

Anger And Irritability May Indicate Depression

Common indicators of depression in men include irritability, impatience and anger. In most instances, they are unaware of the connection. Read more information about the signs and symptoms of depression.

"Men Get Depression" explores the corrosive effect of depression on the self, relationships and careers through the intimate profiles of a diverse group of men, including a former NFL quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an unemployed Iraq War veteran, a university professor, a pastor and others. The documentary features revealing, normally confidential, scenes of psychotherapists discussing their patients' responses to treatment.

The film focuses on three stages of men's lives, with each representing a unique set of challenges and potential triggers of depression: the beginning of work life and college years, the middle years of career and family life, and retirement and the later years.

Family Members Can Help

Men with depression are often unaware they have a treatable illness called depression. They typically believe the way they feel is just the way life is and can’t be changed. Family members can help by leading men to professional care they may be reluctant to ask for. Read about treatment options.

In addition, leading mental health professionals comment on the emerging scientific understanding of depression, its physiologic causes, environmental triggers and new directions in treatment. Finally, the program also addresses depression's "collateral casualties" - men's spouses, children and friends, all of whom can play a critical role in recognizing symptoms, encouraging treatment and providing emotional support.

Watch additional clips from the film and learn about the resources available for dealing with depression and suicide.

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Video Excerpt: Men Get Depression

Above: "Men Get Depression" explores the corrosive effect of depression on the self, relationships and careers through the intimate profiles of a diverse group of men, including a former NFL quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an unemployed Iraq War veteran, a university professor, a pastor and others. The documentary features revealing, normally confidential, scenes of psychotherapists discussing their patients' responses to treatment.