Ironically Joker, played by Heath Ledger and legendary musician Kurt Cobain suffered from evils of depression. The two became fatal victims of this state of mind, giving into its whim even before they had put up a fight. The primordial role of men in several spheres of life has been that of a protector and provider. It is probably from this mindset that men have earned the tag of a macho. But, sadly depression is one such condition that refuses to distinguish between gender, caste or creed. Fortunately, this condition can be dealt with only when the symptoms are identified.
Depression symptoms in men often go unrecognized because of their tough images. However, the fact remains that this condition is as much a reality for men as it is for women, if not more. Statistics say, that symptoms of anxiety and despair reaches its peak during the age of 40s and 50s, which is also known as the 'male menopause' period.
- Feeling blue
- Constant anxiety
- Low energy
- Poor concentration
- Feeling of dread and hopelessness
- Aversion to activities
- Weight loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Compulsive eating or loss of appetite
- No care of personal appearance, such as not shaving for days together
- Suicidal tendencies
- Excessive sleep or insomnia
- Poor performance at work
- Taking recourse in drugs and alcohol
- Constant complaining about vague issues
- Pessimistic attitude
- Reckless behavior
- Irresponsible behavior
- Procrastination of work
- Overuse or addiction to passive entertainment like TV, email and Internet
- Fear of failure
- Nervousness and lack of confidence
- Indulgence in self-pity
- Constant feeling of restlessness
- Resisting treatment in any form
- Unnecessary aggression
- Feelings of guilt and shame
- Living in denial
Dealing with Depression
Although anxiety and depression are distinct disorders, anxiety can often lead to the latter. Improving mental health through professional help such as psychotherapy can help a person deal with problem. It largely involves counseling of the patient and those around them such as friends, spouse, and family. If needed, the psychiatrist may prescribe medication too.
Depression is a state of mind, which is often a result of past or recent emotional trauma. Fortunately it can be reduced to an extent by herbal remedies and alternative therapies such as massages and meditation.
Many times we tend to ignore the warning signs, which aggravates the condition and prolongs it. Hence, notice these warning signs and start treating them as early as possible.
The reason why signs and symptoms go unnoticed is because we mostly ignore and keep brushing it under the carpet until it results in something big. In case of doubt, there is always a depression test available to help you sort out the clutter in your head.
This traditional Chinese medicine is known to be very effective for treating clinical depression. Acupuncture is an alternative therapy which can help provide some relief and make the individual feel more relaxed.
Depression in men takes long time to be treated if you take the symptoms for granted. There may also be physical symptoms, such as prolonged illnesses. The sadness and frustration can be relieved by counseling and making small changes, gradually, in your attitude towards life. Take the action sooner and the results will follow faster. You have one life to live, so enjoy it to the fullest. Remember there is nothing in this world that is more important to you than yourself. Come out of your shell and see the bigger picture of life, which has abundant beauty and love to offer!