Let’s face it. Depression affects men differently compared to women. Male depression can be a very serious condition and if left unabated it could lead to more serious repercussions. Men that are too aloof and would like to be alone most of the time may be suffering from depression. Worse, men sometimes take their depressive state a notch higher by engaging in alcohol and drugs. The unhealthy coping strategies to anxiety and stress may be the thing that could make depression worse. For most part, depression in men largely goes undiagnosed. The good news is that male depression is something that can be treated. Here are the men’s guide to conquering depression so that it can be treated right away.
There is a difference
It is not clearly understood why men and women are experiencing depression differently. It may be about some factors like brain chemistry, hormones and even social conventions. As researchers continue to study this phenomenon one thing is clear. Men that are depressed are also suffering the same symptoms that women do. Often they would appear lethargic and feeling a lot of fatigue. They would often have difficulty getting a good quality sleep and may not enjoy some activities that they have been doing in the past.
There should be a diagnosis
The problem with male depression is that it often is not accurately diagnosed. This is a problem since they often would treat the physical symptoms as if they were common illnesses. Men would rather pop a painkiller to treat the headache without thinking what causes it in the first place. Some men would suffer from digestive problems without thinking that anxiety and stress often would start in the gut. Some men would rather like to be isolated without thinking why they are feeling that way. That is why there is a need for a competent mental health professional to take a look at the situation since the symptoms and signs may overlap with other mental health problems.
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There is some denial
The problem with male depression is the fact that machismo comes into play. Men often would ignore the symptoms all because they are too proud to admit that they are suffering from depression. They think that a drink or two can cure the ills that are bugging them. But by the time they realize it they have become alcoholics which only made the situation worse. When males ignore the problem it will not make the depression go away. Males are denied of the proper treatment and it could only lead to more serious problems like suicidal tendencies.
There is a stigma
The social stigma that is attached with males having to see a mental health professional is one of the reasons why male depression gets undiagnosed. Men sometimes are too proud to admit that they have a mental health problem. They often see this instance as an affront to their manhood and as such would rather have the problem kept under wraps and never to be revealed. This is a perfect recipe for disaster akin to a ticking time bomb that would go off at a moment’s notice.
There is a way
The perfect way for male to cope well with depression is to have it diagnosed. The mental health professional is in the best position to recommend the appropriate therapy for the condition. Since there are no two persons that are exactly the same, the remedies and therapies should be customized in accordance to the severity and the need of the male patient.
There is more to life
Enjoy life while you are getting some treatment. It is best to begin to think positively and to engage in positive activities that can give men more chance to express themselves without fear of social reprisal. Eating healthy food can also help as too much sugar and fats can make the situation worse.
Some men try to do away with their depression by spending a lot of time at work or pushing the body in sporting activities that it has become unhealthy. It is also possible that depressed males can easily get irritated and borderline violent. There are men that may engage in risky activities as a form of coping like unprotected sex or reckless driving. But there is hope and it begins with the first step towards the doctor’s office.
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