Men often have some of the symptoms of depression that women struggle with. However, a man’s symptoms can be different. Answer the following questions with a “yes” or “no” response. If at least half of your answers are “yes,” it may be helpful to consult a therapist to discuss treatment strategies.
- Does he harshly criticize himself?
- Is he highly sensitive to the idea of being criticized or looking bad?
- Does he have a limited vocabulary to describe his feelings?
- Does he avoid situations where it might appear that he is failing?
- Does he blame others for his bad moods?
- Does he demand respect without earning respect?
- Does he insist that all of his problems would be solved if only you would change?
- Is he suspicious and guarded?
- Is he a perfectionist?
- Does he have addictive tendencies (substances, TV, the Internet, video games)?
- Is he a workaholic?
- Does he engage in high risk behaviors (driving fast, spending money unwisely)?
- Does he insist that everything is fine when it’s not?
- Does he avoid talking about relationship issues that need to be addressed?
- Does he seem discouraged about the future?
- Does he feel that everything is going wrong no matter how hard he tries?
This quiz is adapted from David B. Wexler’s book: Is He Depressed or What? What To Do When the Man You Love is Irritable, Moody, and Withdrawn. Paperback, 2006, $15.95. ISBN: 1-57224-424-0
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