Male depression is a serious problem, mainly because many of its cases are left untreated. Severe depression occurs in approximately 10-17% of men throughout their lives, but only a few seek medical help. Most often this happens because men hide their depression. Most likely, you will not notice the classic signs of depression. Instead, they express their sadness in the form of anger, irritability, or reckless behavior. This article discusses the symptoms and causes of this disorder, the differences between male and female depression, and how to help someone you love.
Depression is a mental disorder in which a person has a sad mood, physical disorders, as well as problems with the organization of thinking. Yes, depression is really a disease, which is not related to a person’s desire to attract attention or cause pity. This disorder affects about 20% of the global population.
Many people think that depression is a female disease. This myth appeared because men are not inclined to talk about their state of mind and expose their problems: it is considered indecent behavior, a manifestation of weakness, spinelessness, lack of courage.
“It’s very exhausting to play a role and pretend that everything is ok,” says writer Steve Lappen of men’s depression.
Women, unlike men, share their problems and rarely hide their bad mood. Therefore, signs of female depression are much more obvious than signs of male depression. But this does not mean at all that the latter are less likely to suffer from this ailment – you only need to know the signs of its manifestation.
Symptoms of male depression may be similar to symptoms of female depression. Any of the signs indicate depression only if it is observed for more than two weeks. Otherwise, it is most likely just temporary deterioration in mood.
Symptoms of depression are different in men and women. Women are more prone to emotional manifestations (crying, sadness), while men show physical symptoms. Below we provide a comparison of depression signs in men and women, showing that the same feeling can be expressed in different ways.
|Blame themselves||Blame others|
|Feel sadness, apathy and insignificance||Feel anger, irritation and pompous ego|
|Excited and scared||Feel suspicion and restrain thoughts, they are vigilant|
|Avoid conflicts||Create conflicts|
|Act slowly and are nervous||Feel restless and excited|
|Have problems with setting boundaries||Feel the need to observe control.|
|Easily talk about their doubts||Consider their doubts a sign of weakness|
|Eat a lot, call friends, love to get rid of depression||Drink alcohol, watch TV, go to sports competitions, have sex to relieve depression|
Watching these different symptoms gives us a clearer understanding of the difference between depression in men and women. In addition, men also have some of the common symptoms such as a sad or depressed mood, a sense of hopelessness, guilt, loss of interest or pleasure from a hobby, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and problems with remembering and making decisions, changes in appetite or weight, impatience irritability or persistent physical symptom.
One reason cannot lead to depression. They always work in a complex. Each particular man is subject to their action to varying degrees so that some complexes can cause depression in one person, while the other will not notice them.
If you are not ready to talk about it, there are many practical things that you can do and no one will know about it:
A good night’s sleep is a basic need. Perhaps you could try these strategies: go to bed early; make your room as dark as possible; turn off the TVs; computers and game consoles in the bedroom; avoid or reduce smoking, coffee, cola, energy drinks and alcohol, especially before bedtime; if you are worried about something, get up and write it down, try to figure it out the next day; do physical exercises every day, but not before bedtime; do things that can help you relax, such as taking a warm shower, yoga, meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing practices.
Alcohol is a depressant. Anxiety can be aggravated by frequent drinking alcohol (even beer) and can contribute to depression. Alcohol can interact with some medications that you take for depression or anxiety and make their effects stronger and exacerbate side effects, so it is recommended to reduce alcohol consumption, or better, stop it altogether.
Eating healthy helps your body work well and helps you feel good. This is because brain function depends on what you eat. Your brain needs a constant flow of energy in order to work normally, concentrate and focus, as well as strengthen its emotions. To increase your energy and feel good, try to eat: a lot of vegetables and fruits; cereal products, mainly whole grains, and those that naturally contain fiber; dairy products – mainly low fat; some legumes such as chickpeas and lentils; proteins, such as nuts, seeds or eggs; poultry, fish and other seafood, or red meat (with fat removed). Eating in a quiet place is extremely beneficial and it can cheer you up.
It has been proven that physical activity is one of the most effective ways to help yourself with depression. Unfortunately, if you are depressed or anxious, activity can be difficult. In the end, positive reactions will return. Physical activity promotes the production of “good” hormones. You are distracted, leave the house, communicate, set new goals, create a new life, achieve something and feel satisfied. Physical activity does not mean a mandatory visit to the gym. This can be a trip to the shops or mowing the lawns.
Psychotherapy or “conversation therapy” is a general term that refers to the treatment of depression by speaking through triggers and answers with a mental health professional. There are various types of psychotherapy that can be effective in treating male depression.
Psychotherapy can help people with depression:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin reuptake inhibitor and norepinephrine inhibitor drugs are effective treatments for depression. Other possible drugs include atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Different people have different reactions to drugs. It is important to work closely with a psychiatrist and report any side effects. This is especially important for men because side effects can include sexual dysfunction. In this case, the doctor prescribes other drugs. Never stop taking antidepressants without consulting your doctor. Discontinuation of treatment may suddenly cause withdrawal symptoms and cause a sudden worsening of depressive symptoms. Severe cases of depression may require hospitalization. Inpatient psychiatric care helps patients stay safe until their condition improves, especially in the case of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, seek medical or psychological help immediately.
Category: Healthcare | Tags: anti-depressant, depression, depression treatment, depressive disorder, Men’s Health
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