Depression is an uncomfortable subject for many people, as mental health carries a stigma in the United States and other Western countries. Talking about it is often viewed as weakness, and seeking treatment can be viewed as an inability to be self-reliant.

These cultural tendencies are seen across genders, but males suffer most. Outdated gender roles and unyielding expectations placed on men by themselves and others are creating an unhealthy social and psychological dynamic.

When these factors contribute to or result in depression, negative thought patterns can spread from mind to body. While experiencing depression, a man's sex hormones rapidly drop while stress hormones spike, causing mood shifts and energy drains that can impact a man's social life, relationships and work performance. When the big picture is taken into consideration, depression and