Detecting Symptoms of Depression in Men

By HealthSignz | Published: March 19th, 2016

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Though men get depressed about half as frequently or as often as women, they learn to cover up negative feelings since early childhood. Besides, they are far more reluctant than women to talk about weaknesses and vulnerabilities even with their loved ones, friends and doctors.

Problem:

Most men have been taught that admitting to any form of mental weakness, illness or emotional problem is unmanly. Others fear rejection from their partner since this is the traditional view of how men should be – always tough and self-reliant. The cost of not expressing feelings and not getting help may explain why the rate of suicide is four times higher in depressed men than women.

Symptoms of Depression in Men:

  • Express sudden anger and irritation rather than sadness
  • Physical signs like lack of energy, poor sleep, altered appetite, and body aches
  • Turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope
  • Aggression and risk taking

Reasons for Depression in Men:

  • Trouble in a marriage or long-term relationship
  • More focus on work than relationships or home life that creates conflict at home
  • Arguments, difficult decisions, feeling ignored and being nagged
  • Separation, divorce, death of a partner and the related stress these events bring
  • Major events, even happy ones like the birth of a child due to tiresomeness 
  • Unemployment and retirement

Best Practices:

  • GPs must make note of not only the physical symptoms of depression, but also the emotional and psychological ones
  • Partners must be involved to prevent depression from interfering with your relationship
  • A complete physical check-up to rule out any issues is recommended

Solution for Depression in Men:

  • Talk about your feelings – don’t bottle things up
  • Stay active – get some exercise, even if it’s just a walk. You will also sleep better
  • Eat properly – a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables is what you need
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs – these will make you more depressed in the long run
  • Try exercise, yoga, massage, aromatherapy etc. if you’re dwelling on painful thoughts and feelings
  • Set some time aside time regularly and every week to do something you really enjoy 
  • Don’t be a perfectionist. Set yourself more realistic targets and reduce your workload
  • Take a break from your normal routine for a few days – even a few hours can be helpful
  • Read about depression – there are plenty of books and websites about it

The good news is that this feeling is not permanent. Talk therapy and medication can help a lot. Your relatives and friends can understand what you are going through and will help you cope.

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