Real Men Wear Gowns: Beating depression before it beats you

Depression is a serious mental illness and an issue that many men may have trouble recognizing and admitting.

Depression is a serious mental illness and an issue that many men may have trouble recognizing, let alone admitting to suffering from it.

"We are not serene if we don't have our mental health," said 57-year-old John Garcia who's been dealing with his own mental health issues for decades.

Garcia's depression made him think about taking his life one day when he was in jail.

"I didn't want to kill myself but the situation at the time seemed so dismal. That's when I started getting this help," Garcia said.

Dr. Christopher Wallace, a psychiatrist with University Health System, said that when thoughts of suicide enter your mind, intervention is needed right away.

"That kind of depression, especially with suicidal thoughts, warrants intervention, hospitalization as well as medications," Dr. Wallace said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 reported moderate or severe depressive symptoms in the past two weeks. However, one out of every 10 adults between the ages of 40 to 59 reported that they are currently depressed.

"If you don't identify it, you can't very well get into treatment," Dr. Wallace noted.

Garcia got that help but much of it had to come from inside himself.

"It's a lot of hard work. It's not given to you. I feel you have to earn it, and I also feel that God helps those who help themselves," he said.

Garcia said that by helping yourself, you're helping others that are important to you at the same time.

"An individual is first and foremost, and if they can't take care of themselves, they can't take care of their children, they can't take care of their spouse, they can't take care of anything, not even their job," Garcia said.

For more men's health information, call 210-358-3045. You can also find the rest of our Real Men Wear Gowns stories at WearTheGown.com.

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