Signs of Depression in Men

It’s depressing to know that more than 5 million men suffer from depression each year. Clinical depression, which causes sadness and loss of interest in supposedly pleasurable activities, can affect a person’s quality of life significantly. Are you or someone you know suffering from depression? Here are some signs that can indicate if this is so. If you confirm this, it’s a must for you or that person to get professional help immediately.

Fatigue is one of the most common signs of depression. It is more prevalent among depressed men than depressed women. Apart from fatigue, men suffering from depression also experience psychomotor retardation, wherein their physical movements, mental processes, and speech are slowed down significantly.

Excessive or Lack of Sleep
Sleeping problems can also indicate that a person is depressed. Insomnia, sleep deprivation, or excessive sleep can raise a red flag. Some depressed men can still feel exhausted even after 12 hours of sleep.

Body Aches and Pains
Men suffering from this psychological disorder are prone to constipation or diarrhea, headaches, and back pains. Chronic pain and digestive disorders often go together for men who are depressed. This is according to a focus group study done by the National Institute of Mental Health.

While women show signs of sadness and remorse, depressed men on the other hand are known for their irritability. Negative thoughts that pervade their minds often cause them to snap back at other people over the smallest of things that they normally wouldn’t be annoyed or angry about.

Difficulty Concentrating
Since depression can inhibit a man’s ability to process information, depressed men are seen to have difficulties in concentrating on work and tasks. Instead of focusing at the task at hand, a depressed man is more likely to occupy his mind with various negative thoughts.

Men are more likely to admit that they are stressed than depressed. The latter has a social stigma of being an emotional problem, and therefore is perceived as a “woman’s mental problem”. Of course, that’s not the right way of looking at depression. It’s also a must to know that stress can be both a cause and a symptom of this disorder.

Studies show that there is a strong link between depression and various anxiety disorders. Men are less prone to anxiety than women and it’s easier for men to talk about feelings of anxiety than of depression.

Substance Abuse
Since women are able to vent out their negative emotions and thoughts to other people more easily than men, men look for other outlets for their depression. They usually turn to substance abuse such as drugs and alcohol. Males who are depressed are twice more likely to resort to substance abuse problems than their female counterparts.

Sexual Dysfunction
This one is common among both men and women who are depressed. Loss of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction are some effects of this disorder. It’s a vicious cycle since poor sexual performance can bury a person deeper into depression.

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