Each year six million men experiences depression. There are different causes and types of depression. Some types are easier to identify than others; bereavement, marriage breakdown, or being unable to find work are some of the more obvious causes.
Symptoms of Depression in Men
Men tend to experience depression in a different way, even though both sexes share the same standard symptoms. Men report feelings of fatigue, frustration, irritability, loss of concentration, sleep disturbance and loss of interest in work and social activities, rather than the emotional feelings of profound sadness, guilt and worthlessness that women acknowledge
Treatment for Depression
Women tend to seek treatment. Men often divert themselves into different activities. Some compulsively work, others turn to alcohol and drugs, yet others engage in reckless behavior as a way of coping.
Types of treatment available for depression
1. Counseling, psychotherapy or a support group.
2. Psychotherapeutic work can be on an individual or group basis. Group work allows you to see that there are lots of people experiencing the things you are and this can be very therapeutic. You don’t feel so isolated and talking to others is very supportive.
Antidepressant medication is available specifically to treat depression. If one type of medication is not providing change or relief a different type can be tried until you get a positive therapeutic effect.
In emergencies, or for some types of depression, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) may be suggested.
Important message men and depression
If you think you are experiencing depression don’t put up with it. Get some help.
If you are having suicidal thoughts get help quickly. The way you are thinking is being severely affected by your mood. Depression can be very successfully treated or certainly improved. There is light at the end of the tunnel