Depressed men who don’t see a therapist regularly ‘are likely to turn to sex or porn – while women comfort eat’

So it is true what they say. Women eat and men look at porn when we are depressed. As a therapist I see more men now than I have ever done. It’s still not enough, however men are now starting to seek help, whereas in the past they internalised their anxiety and worries. Ladies come to me for weight loss, looking for that immediate solution to stop eating. Neither of these cases have quick answers: dealing with either requires changes in the way that we see life, however the results are life changing.

Talk to your local therapist today or if you know someone that may need help, agree to come along with them on their first session. The benefits are far greater than you think.
Comment by Mark Jones Psychotherapist

The study plays into the stereotype of a depressed woman turning to ice cream and chocolate and a lonely man looking at porn

MEN use sex or pornography to help them cope with stress and trauma – while women are more likely to comfort eat, a study found.

And blokes who see a therapist are typically looking for a “quick fix” where ladies prefer talking about their feelings.

The findings were highlighted in research on when men and women seek psychiatric help.

Researchers found 27 per cent of men use sex or porn to help them cope, compared with 11 per cent of women.

And 31 per cent of men comfort ate compared with 51 per cent of women.

Psychologist Dr John Barry, of University College London, said: “The findings really play into the stereotype of a depressed woman gorging on chocolate and the man looking at porn on his computer.”

He said a study of 347 people found men wanted therapy involving sharing and receiving advice, often in group sessions.

Women preferred discussions about feelings and past events.

Dr Barry told the British Psychological Society conference in Liverpool yesterday: “Men don’t seek psychological help as much, maybe as many interventions are more about talking than fixing problems.”

He added: added: “It is likely that men benefit as much as women from talking about their feelings, but if talking about feelings appears to be the goal of therapy, then some men may be put off.

Read the original article from thesun.com here.

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