Overcoming Masculine Depression
The Pain Behind the Mask, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2013 – 208 pages
In Overcoming Masculine Depression, psychologists John Lynch and Christopher Kilmartin present a model that provides new ways of understanding men’s behaviors. This unique book does not portray men as victims, but seeks to increase awareness that a great deal of depression in men is misunderstood and quite often misdiagnosed. Many men "act out" their symptoms through anger, workaholism, and relationship conflict. Underlying these behaviors are chronic feelings of being hopeless, helpless, and worthless. Men can learn to recognize symptoms of masculine depression and take steps to reclaim their lives and relationships, and the authors offer many strategies for doing so. Numerous case examples are provided to illustrate the various dynamics of male depression. New to this edition are chapters on self-regulation and impulse control and the application of evidence-based treatment for depression to the symptoms of male depression. This is an essential resource for all helping professionals who work with male clients, as well as for men experiencing symptoms of depression and the people in their lives.
Part I: Origins and Consequences He Sure Doesn't Look Depressed. Family Influences. Inhumane Treatment Leads to Inhuman Behavior: The Socialization Process. Impulsive Reactions (What Was I Thinking?). The Masculine Dilemma: "Not too Close, Not too Far Away." Part II: Solutions Empathy for Self and Responsibility for Change. Relation to Other Men. Relation to Other Women. Relations with Family. Fear and Rage in the Lives of Men. Unlearning Helplessness: Lessons from Classic Depression Therapy. The Health Picture.
John R. Lynch, PhD, is in private practice in Richmond, Virginia. He has worked in the trauma recovery field and in men’s issues for most of his career.
Christopher Kilmartin, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity.