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Depression In Men: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions

Updated on June 20, 2013

If you feel perpetually angry, worthless, and tired, have lost interest in things you used to enjoy, and experience trouble sleeping, chances are you may be depressed. Yes, everyone feels cranky and miserable once in a while, but these emotions usually pass after a few days. When a person has severe depression, he finds it rather difficult to go on with everyday life and loses fascination in pretty much anything for a very long time.

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, University of British Columbia

Although women, as well, depression in men is different in a myriad of ways. They often feel tremendously worn-out, implausibly indifferent to family and work, and may be more likely to lose sleep over life’s troubles than women. They experience all sorts of physical pains. Their anger could stretch from sheer irritability to pure brutality, and their behavior, from reckless to risky. While more women commit suicidal attempts, more men end their misery with suicide deaths.

Go out and seek help.
Go out and seek help.

Equipped with the belief that they always have to be strong and in total control of their emotions, men would typically try to tough out depression on their own. What they do not understand is it’s not a sign of emotional frailty, nor is it the failing of masculinity. It is a curable health condition that only necessitates one’s courage to go out and seek help. Together with the right care, men with depression can bounce back, feeling so much better about themselves.

Real men get therapy.
Real men get therapy.

Knowing there’s no reason to feel ashamed is the ticket to recovery. Instead of denying one’s feelings and trying to mask them with intolerable behaviors, have the willingness to change. Talk to a doctor and be as honest as possible for an accurate diagnosis. Therapy may seem unmanly; however, when it’s readily available to you, do not pass up the opportunity to feel a quick sense of relief.

Morning runs with your dog.
Morning runs with your dog.

Make a lasting lifestyle change. It takes time, yes, and requires support, but the real challenge is in committing and seeing things through. Craft a plan that will stick – one that is packed with realistic activities and goals – and break these down to small, manageable steps. Change one behavior after another. Seek support from family and friends, and surround yourself with people that make you feel less depressed. Find people you can connect with by joining support groups, calling an old buddy, or walking your dog. Ultimately, challenge negative thoughts with positive ones.

Once signs and symptoms are recognised, take immediate action. Don’t wait. Depression in men is far easier to handle before things get serious. Go to the effort of understanding its causes and treatment options. Make big, healthy changes. You will have sporadic lapses, but that’s normal. Minor slip-ups are okay. Decide that you want to recover and get back on track.

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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Good article. My husband is depressed, it's been rough for him since his old job closed up and he just hasn't been able to find his groove again. It's so hard and he's so reluctant to talk or let anything out. I am going to give this to him.

    • Hugo Furst profile imageAUTHOR

      Hugo Furst 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Gotta spread the message that it's actually okay to seek help -- that doing so is not a sign of weakness. Thanks heaps for reading, pals!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Great, motivating information. Men particular overlook depression, thinking they'll just soldier through it. I especially like the photo you selected of Superman. Well done. Voted up and more.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Depression In Men: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions depression gets women more than men and one should make note of these points. A useful, informative and a helpful hub.

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      Cuttler 

      4 years ago from HubPages

      Great info you got here. I know of quite a few people out there who suffer through depression quietly. Their lives seem so miserable. if only they could open up. great hub. voted up as useful and shared

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