Social research has revealed that there are certain factors that may pose an increased risk that pushes a person to feel severe depression, including the discovery of infection – in the present or in the past – with a serious chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or the person’s psychological and physical trauma arising from sexual abuse or upbringing. In a turbulent family environment dominated by a high degree of marital disputes. These are individual factors, and personal circumstances, that may negatively affect a person’s mental health.
Scientific studies also confirmed that the characteristics of the societies in which a person lives can have a profound effect on his mental well-being, indicating that living in a poor and deprived area affects the psychological state of men and leads to their depression.
Men in different parts of the world feel responsible for fulfilling and supporting the needs of their families, which afflicts them with depression, which is considered to be a precursor to cardiovascular disease, and if left untreated, it can lead to drug abuse, anxiety and even suicide.
An American study also concluded that men are not isolated from postpartum depression, indicating that one-tenth of men also develop depression after they have a baby.
Living in a region suffering from poverty and deprivation affects the psyche of men more than women and leads to their depression
Researchers from Eastern Virginia College in Norfolk studied data from 43 studies involving 28,000 people and documented the depression that affects fathers from the third month of their wives’ pregnancy until the first year after birth.
Researchers estimate that about ten percent of men develop depression before or immediately after birth. In contrast, about five percent of men, in general, experience depression within a year.
“This indicates that depression among those waiting to become parents or among new fathers is a particular public health concern,” said researchers participating in the study.
They concluded that the most difficult period for fathers is between three to six months after childbearing, and that the rate of depression during this period is more than 25 percent.
A recent study revealed that the brains of men and women react very differently to feelings of depression, confirming that treatments differ between the sexes and men are more likely to commit suicide. In a study of depression among adolescents, researchers found that the male and female brains of depressed patients react to negative stimuli differently.