When experts study depression, they break down various populations of people who are suffering from the illness in order to get some more answers. Research has found that men who are in their 40’s and 50’s tend to experience depression in high numbers. Depression treatment for men and women are not all that different. However, the ways that men and women experience depression can vary. This article will take a look at how depression can show up for men and what they can do about it.
Typically, men who are depressed feel irritable, have trouble sleeping, and lose interest in their hobbies, work, and family. Men might feel tired for long periods of time and turn to drinking or drug use as a means to feel better. Often, men don’t even recognize that they are feeling depressed. They can be reluctant to talk about how they’re feeling, and they may not seek depression treatment. Sadly, men are more likely than women to succeed at a suicide attempt. Although both women and men attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by their attempts.
For this reason, depression treatment for men is critical. Depression is a real illness. Although it may come with stigma and judgment, without treatment, a person can lose their life. It’s common for men to avoid admitting they’re depressed because of the judgment that others might have. Men are often conditioned to hide their feelings and to appear strong emotionally. To admit being depressed might feel like a personal failure for some men.
Different people are going to have different symptoms of depression. However, in general, the following is a list of symptoms to look for:
- Feeling empty
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling irritable
- Anxiety or anger
- Use of drugs or alcohol to change your mood
- Loss of interest in what used to bring happiness or satisfaction
- Thoughts of suicide or thoughts of death
- Aches or pains in the body
- Frequent headaches
- Not being able to concentrate or remember details
- Overeating or not wanting to eat
- Oversleeping or not being able to sleep
- Inability to meet life’s responsibilities
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, perhaps talking to a mental health provider may help. He or she can assess whether or not you depressed. If you are then you can proceed with depression treatment. Usually, depression treatment includes meeting with a therapist once per week and possibly medication. Although some people are turned off by medication, it can help relieve the symptoms of depression so that you can move on with your life. At the same time, medication can help bring you clarity so that your work with a therapist is more effective. In fact, research has found that the combination of psychotherapy and medication is the most successful form of depression treatment.
If you feel you might be struggling with depression, contact a mental health provider today.
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