By Terrence Real

Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Scribner, 1997

This compelling presentation of one therapist’s views about male depression are insightful. Real contends that depression among men in our culture is often masked, not only from others but also from themselves, which is problematic in treatment. Addictions (including workaholism), irritability, and controlling behavior such as sarcasm and anger are all identified as learned coping mechanisms that men use to avoid facing their ultimate fear, vulnerability. Such patterns of ‘covert depression’ are culturally reinforced and isolating to men. With considerable sensitivity, Real shares relevant case studies offering direction and hope to therapist and client alike.

~ Stephen Douglas, 2006