It's not easy to say exactly what causes depression and anxiety – it's different for everyone. Sometimes a difficult time in you or your mates' life can set off depression or anxiety; sometimes it's caused by a combination of things that have built up over time. And sometimes, there's just no obvious cause at all.
Some risk factors for men developing depression or anxiety include:
- physical health problems
- relationship problems
- employment problems
- social isolation
- significant change in living arrangements (e.g. separation or divorce)
- pregnancy and birth of a baby
- drug and alcohol use.
Read about other causes of depression and causes of anxiety.
You can also head over to Man Therapy, where Dr Brian Ironwood and Davo are on hand to help blokes deal with some of the issues life throws your way.
Depression and anxiety can affect some men more than others.