- Men's Health & Wellness
Depression In Men: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions
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.
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.
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.
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.