University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
KY Women's Health Registry


It is not uncommon for men to experience and deal with the symptoms of depression differently than women. Men are likely to admit feeling fatigued or irritable, but much less likely to acknowledge feelings of sadness, worthlessness or excessive guilt.

Research suggests that depression affects nearly 7 percent of men, or about six million men each year. Men with depression are more likely than women to turn to alcohol or drugs, experience frustration and anger, and become abusive. Often men more freely express anger, blame and aggression, and overwork when they are feeling depressed as an effort to avoid talking to friends and family. Nearly 97 percent of men who report depression also report that their work and home life suffer as a result. In addition, men are more likely to experience physical symptoms that they do not attribute to depression, including digestive problems, headaches and chronic pain.

Depression is a serious concern in all individuals; however, for men this is especially true. In the United States men are four times more likely to commit suicide as women, and they account for 80 percent of all suicides.

Blue to You

Blue to You was developed through the Health Education through Extension Leadership program made possible by Senator Mitch McConnell with funds earmarked for the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Lexington, KY and budgeted through the CSREES/USDA Federal Administration.