Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley of the Open to Hope Foundation tackle the topic of men and depression in this episode of the Open to Hope show. Depression is a serious medical condition, and grief can exacerbate it. If you’re a man who’s depressed, or someone who loves a man who’s depressed, action needs to be taken. Eric Hipple, NFL quarterback and author of the book Real Men Do Cry, joins Drs. Horsley to share his experience about grief and depression. He was going full steam ahead in his career, until his 15 year old son died.
Eric spiraled into a downward spiral complete with drunk driving charges. He says the biggest sign of depression includes little interest in doing things that were previously enjoyed. Feeling down and hopeless, insomnia, or sleeping too much is also common. Eating issues, whether it’s eating too much or too little, are also symptoms. Asking for help isn’t weakness, but a sign of strength. Today, he serves on the board of the Open to Hope Foundation and hopes his own story can help inspire others.
Depression or Grief?
Grief is a normal human reaction to a loss. It’s not depression. However, the two can often cohabitate and it can be hard to tell the difference. Especially early in a loss, depression and grief can look alike. If you’re not sure of the difference, talking to a professional who specializes in grief and depression can help. Remember that it’s important to work through the stages of grief, and that it doesn’t happen out of the blue. Instead, it’s a process than can take a lifetime.
Still, depression can creep in right when grief hits. This can make it confusing for the bereaved and his entire family. Seek help, and learn the difference between these two similar situations.