Signs of Depression in Men

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About 6 million men will experience an episode of depression this year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

This number is much less than women: about double the amount, an estimated 12 million women, are expected to have a depressive episode this year.

While depression in men occurs much less than women, it still is important to recognize the signs of depression in men so that it can be accurately diagnosed and treated.

Signs and Symptoms

While the signs and symptoms of depression in men are similar to those in women, men are likely to express the symptoms differently. For example, men tend to "tough it out" and not show the usual signs of depression, such as sadness or crying, which can manifest itself as aggression or irritability instead.

Changes in Sleep

Some men may experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the entire night. Other men may sleep excessively.

Changes in Appetite

Like sleep, appetite may go from one extreme to the other. For example, some men may lose their appetite and lose weight. Other men may overeat, resulting in weight gain.

Poor Concentration

Some men may not be able to concentrate on job responsibilities or home responsibilities, or even focus enough to read a newspaper article or watch a television show from start to finish.

Loss of Energy

For some men, there is a loss of normal energy to get things accomplished throughout the day. A man may feel too fatigued to go to work or school, or even accomplish every day chores.

Lack of Interest

Men affected by depression may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, such as hobbies, eating and even sex.

Low Self-Esteem

Many men lose confidence in themselves and the world around them during a depressive episode. They may dwell on mistakes they made in the past or loved ones lost.

Source: NAMI


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