Each year, millions of men and women fall prey to depression.
While the disorder has been called "psychiatry's most treatable
condition," less than one in five get help. In recent years, the
silence surrounding depression in women has begun to lift, but only
now, with this powerful groundbreaking work, does psychotherapist
Terrence Real expose a virtual epidemic of the disorder in men.
Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has
convinced Terrence Real that there are two forms of depression:
"overt" and "covert." Feeling the stigma of depression's
unmanliness," many men hide their condition not only from family
and friends but even from themselves. Attempts to escape depression
fuel many of the problems we think of as typically male --
difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive
behavior, and rage. By directing their pain outward, depressed men
hurt the people they love, and, most tragically, pass their
condition on to their children.
A master storyteller, Terrence Real mixes penetrating analysis
with poignant, compelling tales of the men and women whom he
treats. He writes with passion and searing clarity about his own
experiences with depression, as the son of a depressed, violent
father, and the father of two young sons.
Peggy Papp of the Ackerman Family Institute calls this book "a
pathway out of the darkness." Real teaches us how men can unearth
their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the
legacy of abuse. I Don't Want to Talk About It offers
great wisdom, hope, and practical guidance to men and their
families. This is one of the most important and straightforward
books ever written about men.