Explains how to recognize the gender-specific signs and causes of depression in men, as well how to cope with and treat this widespread disorder often neglected or mistreated.
"This is among the most compelling books on the topic of men and depression this reviewer has ever encountered. Kantor uses his deep professional insights and vast experience to tease apart and explain the complexities involved in the diagnosis and treatment of men suffering from depression. The book covers such topics as guilt, paranoia, sexuality, violence, and passive dependency, and many of the chapters conclude with the differences in the way these difficulties play out in men and women.Clinicians will particularly appreciate a chapter on therapeutic errors, which maps out many mistakes and misperceptions that are common in treating depressed men, e.g., urging the client to take a vacation or increase physical activity. Chapters on self-help and coping with depressed men are also excellent. Readers should profit from Kantor's expansive understanding of this complex topic. Highly recommended. Graduate students through professionals."
"To his credit, Kantor avoids overly complicated writing and jargon, attempting to appeal to a broader church than professionals. Additionally, the author is obviously well attuned to the issues facing men prone to depression. His sensitivity to men and their issues is a real strength of the book. Thus, readers will find some fascinating reading here on a broad range of issues including sadomasochism and male depression, male lear of success and depression, the translation of male depression into hypomania, anger and self- or other-criticism, and dealing with male client resistances (for example, excessively blaming others or not feeling the need for help). The psychotherapy and self-help chapters are particularly useful in showing the broad tools that men can use . . . Kantor should be commended for putting out there his best understanding from the perspective of an experienced practitioner. I believe this book is an excellent place to start for those practitioners and clients who wish to learn more about depression among a surprisingly neglected group-men."
- International Journal of Men's Health