Psychiatrist Martin Kantor takes us into his treatment rooms and daily experience to show the signs and causes of depression in men, and how they do not display the disorder most often in the way we typically associate with depression. Many men who feel depressed deny it by shifting into hypomania. Trying to hide, reject or downplay the feeling, they may become excessively elated, have a decreased need for sleep, find their thoughts racing and their sexual desire fueled out of control. "Where there was, initially with depression, a withdrawal and a desire to weep, then enters attention-seeking behavior, clowning and flighty energy," explains Kantor. That makes the depression far more difficult for laypeople and professionals--even for the men themselves--to recognize and deal with. "That is unfortunate because a small amount of medical attention and personal affection can work wonders, rechanneling the man into a life of happiness he might never have known, and a level of achievement he might never othewise have attained," says Kantor
Long thought to be a "feminine" disorder connected to hormones and the premenstrual syndrome, depression actually strikes millions of men each year. With absorbing vignettes, and insights into a faulty culture that urges men to always have a stiff upper lip and shun medical attention, Dr. Kantor shows the unique ways in which depression is very much a men's disorder. And he helps us understand what we can do to treat it, to help ourselves and the men we care about recover.
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About the Author
MARTIN KANTOR, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General and New York's Beth Israel. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School, and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School. He has authored 15 other books, including The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006), Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families and Sufferers (Praeger, 2004), Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), and Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient and the Victim (Praeger, 2002).