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
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
Depression symptoms can vary, and not every
symptom needs to be present. Symptoms include:
- Persistent sad, empty, or anxious
- Hopeless and/or pessimistic
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or
- Little interest in pleasurable activities,
- Dwindling energy, increased
- Problems concentrating, with memory, and
- Sleep difficulties and
- 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.