Depression In Men
The typical understanding for depression is an expression of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy. But for many men the expression of depression includes not sadness but anger.
Not only do men display symptoms of depression differently but due to the socialization of men to display less emotions and even experience less emotions they are less likely to even notice that there is something wrong with themselves.
What should the loved ones of men, and men themselves typically look for when they expect a male loved one maybe experiencing depression?
Men who are experiencing depression may lose interest in work, hobbies, feel tired, or suffer insomnia. There may be physical symptoms like racing heart, chest pains, and digestive issues. I want to be clear that should anyone, man or women, experience any physical symptoms to first rule out medical issues before looking at mental health.
Here is a list of symptoms typically observed in men who experience depression, not every man will display all of these symptoms typically for two or more weeks.
· Anger, aggressive behavior, or irritability
· Feeling restless, “on edge”, or anxious
· Lost of interest in work, family, or hobbies
· Problems with sexual desire and performance
· Feeling sad, “empty” or hopeless
· Difficulty concentrating, or remembering
· Feeling very tired, not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
· Overeating or not wanting to eat at all
· Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
· Physical aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
· Inability to meet the responsibilities of work, caring for family, or other important activities
· Engaging in high-risk activities
· A need for alcohol or drugs
· Withdrawing from family and friends or becoming isolated
If you or a loved one experience these symptoms for two or more weeks please contact us we can help your loved one overcome depression.