While depression has been found to be more common among women – likely due to certain biological, hormonal and social factors unique to females – men can certainly be depressed, too. In fact, roughly 20 to 25 percent of men dealing with depression will suffer from a drinking problem – and that number triples if you’re dealing with bipolar disorder.
The symptoms of depression are tricky for men, however. “They tend to show symptoms that aren’t typically what you would associate with depression,” John Greden, MD, executive director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, told MensHealth.com. And, if left untreated, these symptoms can impact your career, relationships, finances and more.
You may need to seek professional help for depression if …
- Your sadness becomes more severe and is accompanied by such symptoms as irritability, fatigue and loss of appetite.
- Your negative mood lasts for weeks (or even months) and begins to interfere with day-to-day living.
- You’re angry all of the time and for no reason – and your outburst are sparked by no other reason than the fact that you’re mad.
- You find yourself becoming more reckless and making bad judgment calls, including abusing drugs or alcohol.
- You feel physical pain, including joint pain, back pain or headaches. This is because neurotransmitters that affect your mood, like serotonin and norepinephrine, also play a part in pain regulation.
- You are exhausted but have trouble sleep. According to a review published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, three quarters of depressed patients have symptoms of insomnia.
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