Depression in Men
We often believe men are strong and in control of their emotions at all times.But depression in men is a common condition and many disregard or refuse treatment for it. When depression occurs in men, it may be veiled by several unhealthy coping behaviours. Men with depression may feel blue, feel extremely exhausted, have sleeping difficulties, and not derive pleasure from activities they once enjoyed.
The other behaviours in men that could be signs of depression, but often go unnoticed are:
• Alcohol or substance abuse
• Violent or abusive behaviour
• Escapist behaviour such as spending a lot of time at work or on sports
• Risky behaviour such as hasty driving
The behaviours mentioned above could be signs of depression or might overlap with other mental health issues. Hence, professional help is the key to correct diagnosis and suitable treatment.
The signs and symptoms of depression in men include:
• Loss of interest in work and sex
• Thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts
• Irritability, hopelessness, anxiety, and anger
• Exreme tiredness
• Overeating or not eating at all
• Aches and pains such as headaches, digestive problems, or cramps
• Failure to meet the responsibilities of work, family, or other important activities
Asking for help may be tough for men, but be aware that it is unlikely for depression to go away without treatment. It may just get worse and feel miserable. It can cause issues in every aspect of life including career, health, personal safety, and relationships. There are many effective treatments available for depression.
Be it man or woman, don't try to fight out depression on your own because the consequences could be distressing. Have courage to seek help when you need it!