Treatment for anxiety and depression in men

Anxiety and depression are like any other conditions – there are ways to treat and manage them.

Psychological treatments, including cognitive behaviour therapy, are effective in treating anxiety and depression and are often recommended first, particularly for mild to moderate anxiety and depression. You can refer yourself to a local team by visiting:

Taking part in treatment can also be done to suit your own lifestyle, with digital options available as well as telephone and face to face support.

Lifestyle changes, such as spending time with supportive friends and family, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and cutting down on alcohol and other drugs are all worthwhile changes that can help to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

For some people, antidepressant medication might also be an option. Antidepressants can be effective for both anxiety and depression. They usually take at least 2 weeks before they start to help, and it may also take some time for your doctor to find the medication and dose that is most effective for you. You would need to see your GP to talk this through in the first instance.