Depression is a mood disorder present in both men and women. However, it manifests differently in both genders.
In general, it appears that males are much less likely to seek help during periods of depression.
So in this article, we’re going to spread awareness and share with you the most common facts about depression in men, along with symptoms and possible ways to work on it.
Whether you are a male suffering from depression or a male relative who has it, do read this article!
How Is Depression Different In Men?
When it comes to depression in men, specific symptoms are more common in males and on top of that, the reaction manifests differently in both genders.
It also appears that women are more likely to blame themselves for their problems, while men throw the blame onto other people and try to cause conflict.
Why Is This Important?
Most of us know how severe depression can be, and as such, it can lead to extremes, such as suicidal thoughts.
This is the exact reason why depression awareness should be spread and why you should consider it an important matter, whether you have depression or not.
No matter how severe depressive episodes are, there are ways to work with them to manifest less frequently.
Sadness VS. Depression
All of us at one point have felt sad, and that is entirely normal, as we are supposed to experience the whole spectrum of human emotions to be socially adequate.
In most cases, such periods of sadness are short-lived and have a specific cause, which in time, we accept and move on.
Sometimes, however, that sadness and sorrow goes on for months and years and becomes the predominant mental state.
At one point, that state becomes uncontrollable and leads to certain behaviours, thoughts and actions.
Since emotional states of this kind affect every other aspect of our lives, this would be the pivoting point where you should seek professional advice.
And though that may sound bad to some of you, think of it this way – Depression doesn’t mean weakness, and you should not be afraid to speak out and reach for help.
Depression is a common disorder that affects otherwise healthy, happy and prosperous individuals.
Depression and its symptoms manifest on many levels, ranging from mental to physical and emotional.
If you’re depressed, you will more than likely notice the following symptoms:
- Chronic sadness that doesn’t go away and progressively becomes more intrusive and torturing
- Everything seems pointless, even your favourite activities
- You become more antisocial, losing interest in any human interactions
- Focusing on the task at hand for more than 5 minutes becomes unbearable
- You experience guilt for things that have nothing to do with you
- You lose emotional stability and have frequent mood swings
- Your overall mindset becomes more negative (or you call yourself ‘realistic’, which is the socially accepted form of negativity)
- Hopelessness and suicidal thoughts start surfacing in your thoughts more frequently
- Chronic exhaustion, sleep doesn’t make you feel fresh
- You find it hard to fall asleep
- You wake up during your sleep, often anxious
- Your libido decreases, sex means nothing to you
- You lose weight and/or appetite frequently
- You can’t feel relaxed and okay in a social environment
- You make mistakes during work or find it hard to concentrate in general
- You are unusually quiet, closed up and zoned out
- You become easily triggered by small things
- You stop communicating with your family and other relatives
Behavioural Patterns Of Male Depression
More often than not, men do not like to talk about their depression, perhaps because they feel like people will perceive them as weak.
In most cases, during periods of depression, men resort to alcohol and other drugs to make them feel better.
This, however, may temporarily make the person feel better but isn’t a sustainable solution because alcohol is a depressant.
Considering this fact, we can conclude that alcohol can worsen the symptoms of depression.
When depressed, men tend to focus more on their work and deprive themselves of social life and self-care – two fundamental aspects of a healthy mind.
Recognising Depression In Men
Since most depression-induced behavioural and emotional patterns worsen the disorder, it becomes hard for a fogged mind to deal with depression independently.
However, men can get help much easier if someone in their surroundings and close ones recognises specific behavioural patterns and reactions.
For instance, men tend to talk about their physical symptoms rather than their emotional ones, which is one of the main reasons why male depression is frequently misdiagnosed.
If you suspect a relative of yours of having depression, do stay alert and aware of their behaviour – They might need your help without you even realising it!
Self-Help – Is Such A Thing Even Possible?
Being in the void is undoubtedly one of the most hopeless states you can be in, where nothing has meaning, and everything is futile.
However, given that you have the power of free will, you can do things to make depression manifest less frequently.
Here’s our best advice for self-help during depressive episodes:
If you are going through a rough patch, try to share your feelings, thoughts, and emotions with someone close.
However, if talking to someone feels off, try and write your thoughts and emotions down on paper and objectively analyse.
Though depression decreases appetite, you should still eat plenty of nutritious foods, such as animal products, fruits, vegetables and other plant foods.
In doing so, you will favour your biochemistry and tip the scales in favour of balanced inner processes, which will, in turn, reduce the risk of depression
Avoid Alcohol & Drugs
As we mentioned, alcohol and drugs can numb the sorrow for a couple of hours, but in the long term, those things will undoubtedly worsen the symptoms of depression.
Stay healthy and active, and your body and mind will be thankful!
The symptoms of depression manifest differently in men and women, which is precisely why you should pay attention to your behaviour and that of your surroundings and close ones.
More often than not, people who suffer from depression are closed up and never talk about it (especially men).
If you or someone you know has depression, stay faithful and try to tip the scales to favour health-nourishing activities and habits.