7 Clinical Depression Symptoms in Men
Although the statistics may vary year to year, it’s been said that roughly 21 million Americans suffer from depression. In fact, it’s been hinted that depression is the number one debilitating disease between individuals in the range of 15 to 44 years old.
Clinical Depression in Men has been difficult to grasp for those affected as well as those looking on the outside who may often consider a person who’s depressed as just having a stressful day and nothing more. When in fact, depression has a number of triggers that may seem normal to some, but the effects can severely hinder that person’s ability to overcome.
As for depression in men, many males may have at first been judged unfairly as not being able to be depressed, and that it was simply a disease that affected women. On the contrary, of the 21 million who are clinically diagnosed, around 6 million are men. It’s not to be taken lightly for either side and most every symptom is the same for males and females.
And with clinical depression, many are unable to fully function with daily, normal activities because of how severely their mood is downtrodden, feeling hopeless and have lost interest for many things. Many symptoms of clinical depression can include the following:
- Feeling meaningless and at a loss with family and friends
- Extremely irritated over even the smallest of things
- Sleeping too much or not at all
- Difficulty in concentrating at work or home
- Irregular back problems or headaches
- Feeling sluggish or having disruptive speech patterns
- Recurrent suicidal thoughts
And for men, coping with the fact they have depression can sometimes be even more of a challenge. They may spend weeks, months or years in denial for fear that it disrupts their masculinity, that these symptoms would be looked down upon by their male friends or family members. When at the end of the day, men who suffer should understand that it’s okay to admit they suffer and should take the necessary steps to help deal with it on a daily basis because they, like female sufferers, should try their hardest to look for the positives.
Men with depression can push through even the toughest of symptoms by talking with their doctor and getting prescribed medication, participating in a specialized clinical trial, seeking help through a psychologist, and most importantly, having a tremendous support group of friends and family around them to confide in.
Breaking the stigma attached to men and depression and that men don’t become depressed is the first thing that needs to be addressed. Knowing that depression can affect every single sex and age group out there and that there are treatments out there to help those cope and live the best life possible is most important at the end of the day.
Author Bio: Kyle O’Brien is a freelance writer who has written on clinical depression, social anxiety and other disorders and has been a consultant for CTT Research, a local clinical studies organization.