Major Depression You may have depression if you have a persistent sad or "empty" mood, or if you find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions. Men and Depression Instead of asking for help, men who are depressed are likely to drink alcohol to excess, take drugs, or become frustrated, discouraged, and irritable. Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging In general, only about three percent of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20 to 30 percent of persons in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes. Where to Turn for Mental Health It's normal to feel stressed or anxious now and then. But it's time to call for help if emotional issues interfere with your life, your job or your personal relationships. Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help. Eating Disorders in Men Boys and men have eating disorders, too. Males make up 5 to 15 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia and 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer. Men and Mental Illness Mental illness can cause different symptoms in men than in women, so some disorders in men may be harder to recognize. Men who are depressed, for example, may appear angry and irritable rather than sad and withdrawn.