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Depressed men often get symptoms other than women when they are depressed. 

 This writes ABC News. They write further:

20 to 30 percent of us, regardless of gender, will experience depression one or more times in their life.

Yet it is the case that men, to a greater extent than women, do not talk about what is difficult. 


- Vulnerability seen as feminine quality

Psychologist Katrine Relander believes that the high threshold for asking for help among men is the reason why more men than women choose to commit suicide.

- A lot is about the male role. They are expected to be strong and independent, and opening up is seen as a sign of weakness. Vulnerability is still considered a feminine quality in our society, she says.

Peder Kjøs, the psychologist who is known from the program "Jeg mot meg", tells ABC News:

Depressed men often drink more alcohol. In addition, they isolate themselves more.


The complicated grief

In the case, Kristian Hall is also interviewed. ABC News writes:

His first milestone was to start in therapy to talk to an objective person about the complicated grief, and about his relationship with his father. In addition, much of the key lay in understanding what Hall calls "meta-thinking."

- It is not arbitrary how we think and how we feel. There are a number of cognitive techniques that can change these thought patterns. Much of the work is about dissecting the negative inner dialogue, he says.



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Ove Heradstveit

Psychologist, specialist in clinical community psychology. PhD.
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