Do you feel on edge, alone, or withdrawn? Do you find yourself working a lot or drinking too much? If so, you might be experiencing unhealthy coping strategies to combat male depression. Just like any other type of depression, male depression is a serious medical condition. However, many men try to ignore it or do not accept treatment.
Depression can affect men and women differently. For men, it may be disguised by unhealthy coping behavior. For many reasons, male depression is frequently undiagnosed and has damaging consequences when it is not treated. On the bright side, male depression usually gets better with treatment.
It is important for you to learn the signs and symptoms of male depression and to know what you can do about it.
Signs and Symptoms of Male Depression
As stated before, depression can look different for men and women, as well as the kind of coping skills used to deal with it. It is unclear as to why depression is experienced differently, but it likely involves a variety of factors such as brain chemistry, hormones, and life experiences.
Symptoms that are seen in both men and women include:
- Feeling sad, hopeless, or empty
- Feeling very tired
- Having a hard time sleeping or sleeping too much
- Not enjoying activities that were once enjoyable
Other symptoms that can be seen in men but not recognized as such include:
- Escapist behavior such as spending extra time at work or on sports
- Physical symptoms including headaches, digestive problems, and pain
- Alcohol or drug use problems
- Behavior that is controlling, violent, or abusive
- On edge or inappropriate anger
- Dangerous behavior such as reckless driving
Since these behaviors can be indications of or might overlap with other mental health issues, or connected to medical conditions, it is important to seek professional help for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Why Male Depression Goes Undiagnosed
There are many reasons why male depression goes undiagnosed, such as:
- Failure to recognize depression
- Downplaying signs and symptoms
- Reluctant to talk about depression symptoms
- Refusing mental health treatment
When receiving treatment from a mental health professional, you can learn a variety of coping skills, including:
- Setting realistic goals and prioritizing tasks
- Seeking emotional support from loved ones
- Learning ways to deal with stress and developing problem-solving skills
- Delaying important decision making, such as changing careers, until symptoms have improved
- Taking part in activities you normally enjoy
- Trying to stick to a regular schedule and making healthy lifestyle choices to promote better mental health.
Get Help When Needed
Asking for help can be difficult for men. They should not feel ashamed because without treatment, depression is unlikely to disappear and could get worse. When depression goes untreated, it can result in misery for both you and your loved ones. It can also create issues in every part of your life, such as your health, career, relationships, and personal safety.
There are a variety of different treatments available for depression. Medications and psychological counseling are just a couple options. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is another choice that you can either do by itself or combine it with other treatments you are doing. If you are interested in learning more about TMS, contact Gateway TMS today to speak with one of our staff members. We understand the how poor mental health can affect your life; therefore, we want to help you get back on your feet and live the life you desire. Call us today at (314) 909-8487 to make an appointment!