Symptoms of Depression in Men

    by Mary Calvagna. From Beliefnet.com.

    Depression—once thought of as a woman's disease—is appearing
    more frequently in men. Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from
    depression each year; over six million of these sufferers are men.

    Male depression may include symptoms not normally thought of as the
    classic symptoms associated with depression. As a result, depression
    can be difficult to recognize in men, and doctors may be less likely to
    suspect depression as the cause of a man's complaints. In addition,
    men may not be willing to admit that they are feeling depressed.

    Symptoms Associated With Male Depression:

  • Using alcohol or drugs to self medicate
  • Working excessively long hours
  • Watching excessive amounts of television
  • Becoming irritable or angry
  • Becoming violent to himself or others
  • Creating conflict
  • Acting overtly or covertly hostile

    Classic Symptoms of Depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were
    once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment,
    such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

    Two-thirds of people who suffer from depression do not seek help. It is
    crucial, however, that depression be diagnosed and treated—untreated
    depression has been linked to suicide. Of those who seek treatment,
    80% experience significant improvement and lead productive lives.

    Retrieved January 16, 2006 from http://www.beliefnet.

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