Getting irritated and feeling tired all the time? Losing interest in your work, family or hobbies? Feeling angry, aggressive, sad or worthless? Feeling these emotions for weeks or months?
If yes, then you may have depression.
Depression; what is it?
Sometimes everyone feels sad or irritated or has trouble sleeping. These feelings and troubles usually end after a couple of days. But if not then the one has depression, and when a man has depression, he has trouble with his daily life and he loses interest in anything for weeks.
Both men and women suffer from depression. But men experience it differently than women. Men may be more likely to feel very tired and irritated, and lose interest in their work, family, or hobbies. They may be more likely to have difficulty in sleeping than women who have depression. Women with depression will attempt suicide, but men are more likely to die by suicide.
Many men could not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression. They feel shy to talk about how they are feeling. If one can express how they feel, then depression is a real and treatable illness. Depression can affect any man at any age, with the right treatment, most men with depression can get better and gain back their interest in work, family, and hobbies.
Signs and Symptoms of depression in Men.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad.
- Feeling hopeless, irritated or angry
- No interest in work, family, or once-pleasurable activities, including sex
- Feeling very tired every time
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of sleep, or sleeping too much
- Overeating, or not eating at all
- Pains, headaches, or digestive problems
Causes of depression in men.
Various factors may contribute to depression in men. Some of them are:
- Genes: Men with a history of depression in the family may be more likely to develop it than those whose family members do not have the illness.
- Chemistry of the Brain or Hormones: Brains of people with depression look different on scans than those of people without the illness. Also, the hormones that control emotions and mood can affect the chemistry of the brain.
- Stress: Loss of someone you loved, a bad relationship or any stressful situation may trigger depression in some men.
The combination of these factors is the cause of depression in men.
Treatment of depression.
The first step, in getting the right treatment is to visit a doctor. He or she can do lab tests to rule out other conditions that may have the same symptoms as depression. He or she can also tell if certain medications you are taking may be affecting your mood.
One should tell the doctor when the symptoms started, how long they have lasted, how bad they are, whether they have occurred before, and if yes, how they were treated.
- Medication: Antidepressants can work well to treat depression.
- Therapy: There are several therapies to overcome depression, one should consult doctor which to take for better results.