Are you a male? Are you depressed? Have you ever been depressed? Can men get depressed?
Yes, of course. Depression is a state of mind which happens to all. Men express their feelings differently and there are different ways to cope for them.
It is a treatable mental health condition and not a sign of emotional weakness or failing masculinity.
Unfortunately, depression in men often gets overlooked as many of us find it difficult to talk about our feelings. Instead, we tend to focus on the physical symptoms that often accompany male depression, such as back pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, or sexual problems. This can result in the underlying depression going untreated, which can have serious consequences. Men suffering from depression are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, so it’s vital for any man to seek help with depression before feelings of despair become feelings of suicide. Talk honestly with a friend, loved one, or doctor about what’s going on in your mind as well as your body. Once correctly diagnosed, there is plenty you can do to successfully treat and manage male depression and prevent it from coming back.
In several communities or in general men cannot shed tears, cannot ask for help, cannot feel low, cannot not be strong. Are these not natural feeling? Does one need to be in denial? Is that required to keep a status? Does it affect normal routine or day to day operations? So many questions..
Male youth, adults or senior citizens need to be mentally healthy,, emotionally well and stress free. It is absolutely okay to ask for help because it is your well being which matters most.
How are triggers different for men and women?
Differences between male and female depression
Women tend to:
Feel sad, apathetic, and worthless
Feel anxious and scared
Avoid conflicts at all costs
Feel slowed down and nervous
Have trouble setting boundaries
Find it easy to talk about self-doubt and despair
Use food, friends, and “love” to self-medicate
Men tend to:
Feel angry, irritable, and ego inflated
Feel suspicious and guarded
Feel restless and agitated
Need to feel in control at all costs
Find it “weak” to admit self-doubt or despair
Use alcohol, TV, sports, and sex to self-medicate
Source: Male Menopause by Jed Diamond
(Source: Male Menopause by Jed Diamond)