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Money worries are a major factor if you have depression everything becomes magnified especially at night.
At 10 months old I lost my biological Father to suicide. Obviously only being that age I have no memories of him. Then when I was around 3 years of age, Mum married a wonderful, caring, funny man who I know as Dad until he sadly passed away 11 years ago. Mum and I never really speak about why my biological Dad took his own life. Other than Mum thinks he was suffering from depression, possibly brought on by financial burdens of having a new family to support. But 47 years ago depression was a taboo subject, no one ever spoke about it! There was even a shame/stigma surrounding it.
But has it really moved on?
I think women who suffer have finally learnt to be more open and speak to friends or seek medical help. Yet it seems to be men still think it shows some kind of weakness if they admit to it. But according to figures male depression is on the increase in the UK, so why aren’t men getting help? Is it because they are in denial, they like to be seen as tough and self-reliant taking charge of situations?
Depression is a serious condition and can be brought on by circumstances like job losses, debt problems, house repossessions, marriage break ups or sometimes down to it being hereditary. Money worries are a major factor if you have depression everything becomes magnified especially at night. Men should treat depression the same way as any other illness, if you had a deep wound you would go and get it treated and depression is a tiny chemical imbalance in the brain that a simple small tablet can usually cure.