5 Ayurvedic Treatments to Help Men with Depression

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

Depression is an epidemic that affects more than 264 million people in the world. Although twice as many women suffer from depression compared to men, men are 85% more likely to commit suicide due to depression.

All too often, depression in men is missed by the person suffering, as well as the loved ones around them. This occurs because depression in men may look different than it does in women — especially since society discourages men to talk about their feelings openly.

If you’re among the millions of men who suffer from depression around the world, Ayurvedic treatment can help.

In this article on Ayurvedic approaches to treat men’s depression, we’ll cover:

  • What depression is

  • Causes of depression in men

  • Signs you may be suffering from depression

  • Why Ayurveda helps men suffering from depression

  • 5 ways to use Ayurveda to treat depression in men

What is depression?

Depression is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.”

In simple terms, depression is a low emotional state that impacts a person’s mental and physical well-being. It can come on suddenly as the result of a difficult life event, ongoing family stresses, financial problems, workplace issues, and depression may occur seasonally, or be chronic.

According to Psychology Today, male depression is underdiagnosed due to a variety of factors including being taught to not show emotions or talk openly about feelings. As a result, men often downplay their true feelings, thereby masking their symptoms and depression.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By understanding the signs and symptoms of depression, you can proactively address your mental health. Seeking help when you need it is a sign of strength — not weakness — and will enable you to be a better partner, father, friend, family member, employee, and human being.

Are you suffering from depression? Here are the signs to look out for:

  • Feeling hopeless and helpless

  • A loss of interest in work, activities, relationships

  • Increased irritability, shorter fuse, more aggressive, agitated, impatient

  • Heightened sensitivity to criticism

  • Increased misunderstandings in communication

  • Self-medicating, recklessness, a sense of “what the hell”

  • Difficulty concentrating and being productive with work

  • Inability to control negative thoughts

  • Profound fatigue, no energy

  • Increase or decrease in sleeping

  • Digestive issues that do not resolve

Causes of depression in men

According to Ayurveda depression is caused when one or more of the three doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — become imbalanced. Impr