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Does Depression Affect Men Differently Than Women?

Aug 17, 2007
Does depression affects men the same as it affects women? The male image is one of being strong and the rock, the glue that holds the family together, but in reality as many men suffer from depression as women do. Of course, most men hide their depression by trying to cover their feelings up. They will cover up their depression with drugs, alcohol, sex, and work. Depression shows in men not as helpless or hopeless, but as angry, frustrated, and other aggressive feelings. Men are less likely to seek treatment than women and they are less likely to admit that they have a problem. Believe me, however, that if you are feeling depressed you should not feel weird about opening up to your best friend or perhaps a family doctor.

Depression is not a secret that should be hidden away. Just as with any other feeling or state of mind, there are things you can do to remedy the situation. Depression and men are a silent battle that barely makes a rumble until the battle is over. The drugs and the smiles and the carrying on and acting hide many of the typical signs of depression from showing. Its hard to pick up on the signs of depression if you are close to the person, and its harder if they are trying to cover them up. Its not abnormal to be shocked from their actions.Of course, you can help them seek treatment.

If you notice that a loved one is showing any of the typical depression signs like oversleeping or not sleeping, tension, stressed, or uncontrollable anger (in the case of men) you should address the topic, but letting the person know that you care about them and that you are ready to listen to them when they are ready to talk. It's important not to push the issue and just let things run their course with men. Most men are the sorts of guys that will do their own laundry, so to speak.

If you're a man who is depressed, how can you help yourself?

Talk about how you feel (I know it's hard, but you might be surprised at how much it helps.)
Stay active (Find an activity that you enjoy)
Give yourself a break to do something you enjoy
Find a way to relax at the end of a busy day
Try to eat "good food" - get enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. They'll help to increase your energy levels.
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