Depression in men is not uncommon and often
goes unrecognized and untreated.
Research has shown that while men develop the standard symptoms of depression, they often experience it differently and may have different ways of coping.
In men, depression can be a serious medical condition. More than six million men suffer from depression each year. Many men try to deal with it out on their own, but depression symptoms can make them chronically miserable.
Men may be more willing to report fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work or hobbies, and sleep disturbances rather than feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and excessive guilt. Depression also puts men at risk for suicides.
Symptoms of depression:
• Changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains unrelated to dieting
• Insomnia or oversleeping
• Loss of energy or increased fatigue
• Restlessness or irritability
• Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
• Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
• Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide
Depression is never normal and always produces needless suffering. With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with depression will overcome it. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, see your family physician or psychiatrist, describe your concerns and request a thorough evaluation.
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