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Depression In Men

Suicide is the number eight cause of death in men in the U.S. Depression is often the cause of these suicides. Experts now say that men are not recognizing that they could be suffering from depression, and are not seeking treatment. A serious medical condition, depression affects the thoughts, moods, and body. Most people have blue moods that pass after time, but depression does not pass, and cannot be wished or willed away. Most with depression can be treated, but left untreated, depression can last for years.

There are three different types of depression: major depressive disorder, dyshthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Major depressive disorder is a combination of symptoms that does not allow the patient to easily eat, sleep, work, study, or enjoy pleasure activities. This can happen in several episodes over time, but can happen only once.

Dysthymic disorder is less severe, and not majorly disabling, but keeps the patient from functioning well or feeling well. Occasions of major depressive disorders can also result with dysthymic disorder.

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depressive illness, is characterized by episodes of very high and very low moods, with periods of normal moods in between.

Depression symptoms can vary, and not every symptom needs to be present. Symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, empty, or anxious moods
  • Hopeless and/or pessimistic feelings
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Little interest in pleasurable activities, even sex
  • Dwindling energy, increased fatigue
  • Problems concentrating, with memory, and making decisions
  • Sleep difficulties and disturbances
  • Weight and/or appetite changes
  • Irritability and/or restlessness
  • Chronic physical symptoms, such as headaches, chronic pain, and/or
  • digestive disorders

More than 80% of those suffering with depression can be improved with treatment, such as taking anti-depressants. First, a physician needs to be consulted to make sure there are no physical problems causing the symptoms, then a diagnostic evaluation will decide the proper treatments. Positive effects can be seen after only a few weeks, and treatment is advisable for the patient's quality of life.

Men should be educated about these issues related to men's health, because recognizing symptoms, early detection and lifestyle changes can reduce early deaths and improve their quality of life. It is really important to consider all the factors in each individual case when dealing with depression.

This document is for informational use only, and should not be used in place of the advice and diagnosis of a doctor or healthcare professional. This document is also not a recommendation for any particular treatment plans. The advice of a doctor or healthcare professional is important for your particular condition or disorder.

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