Depression in men often goes unnoticed and untreated, because men are less likely to ask for help and admit that they're feeling depressed. Below are the most common signs of depression in men. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression read on to find out what to do next.
- Tip 1 What to look for: Depression will effect your body as well as your mind, so look for the following signs of depression in men... Mind symptoms of Depression in men: feeling miserable and down and not being able to shake the feeling, finding it hard to enjoy things, experiencing problems with concentration, having feelings of guilt and/or failure and feelings of hopeless and increasing pessimism. Body symptoms of depression in men: a noticeable change in eating habits, sleeping patterns, a lack of interest in sex and aches and pains you haven't experienced before.
- Tip 2 Getting help: Men are Less likely to believe or admit that there's something wrong. So, if you've been feeling low for any extended period of time you must get some help. Here's where to start... get some professional advice from your doctor don't deal with depression alone talk to someone and ask for help find out as much information about depression in men as possible get some self help books or research it on-line join a support group eat a healthy balanced diet (you'll be surprised at just how much this can help) keep active distress your lifestyle take break or a vacation and above all avoid all drugs or alcohol.
- Tip 3 How it can affect your life: Depression can also affect your working life and relationships. It can be very difficult to live with some who suffers with depression and will often result in relationship strains. Your performance at work may also suffer, you may even need to take time off. You may also find that you're more aggressive, irritable and less talkative than usual. Men are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol rather than asking for help. If left untreated depression can be very dangerous, but if you deal with it early on it can easily be treated.
- Tip 4 Remember you're not alone: Depression in men is very common; more than 6 million men in America currently suffer from depression. Don't be ashamed to ask for help, no one will think any less of you. Be sure to take the way you are feeling seriously and don't just sweep it under the rug. Men are 3 times more likely to kill themselves than women, because they try and deal with depression alone, so get some help.
If you recognise the signs of depression in men in yourself you should immediately seek some professional advice. If you would like more more help, information and advice about depression in men click on the links below.