Some gay men experience depression after coming out
. This can be for a number of reasons, including loneliness
, family rejection
, or change in lifestyle.
Before and after coming out, few men take the time to create a personal inventory
which can help you map out your future goals as openly gay men. Giving up a life in the closet doesn't have to mean giving up on your goals, which may or may not include building a relationship, family, or kids.
Dealing with the pressures of a life re-examined (especially in the midst of anti-gay environments) is rather difficult and can lead to depression. But, the good news is depression is treatable. Nancy Schimelpfening
, About.com Guide to Depression helps us understand the basics of depression, how to recognize the symptoms and get the best treatment options.
Facts About Depression
The first step to tackling depression is knowing the facts. Nancy Schimelpfening separates fact from myth with these top 5 facts about depression
Symptoms of Depression
The top signs of depression are depressed mood, decreased interest or pleasure, weight changes, and sleep disturbances. Know the top 9 symptoms of depression
Have you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above since coming out? You don't have to live with depression. There are many different treatment options that can help you improve your way of living. Read the top 4 depression treatments
"When you're depressed it can feel like you are barely existing," writes Nancy Schimelpfening. "By obtaining the correct medical intervention and learning better coping skills, however, you can not only live with depression, but live well." Here are the top way to cope with depression