Male Depression? Yes, men do get depressed and in fact over five million men a year are affected by Depression. The reason it is not so well-known is because from the time many men are small they are told "Big boys do not cry." Men are taught that they have to be tough and be strong. It is no wonder then, that many men have a real problem discussing feelings. The number mentioned above may be much higher because men do not report that they feeling depressed or anxious and they go untreated. We will discuss symptoms of male Depression and the affect of job stresses on male Depression. We will then discuss treatments of male depression.
Symptoms of male depression
Symptoms that are common to both men and women are feeling down or in a funk. Sleep and appetite changes, feelings of sadness, and guilt feelings may occur. Men have fewer crying jags than women.
Men are more concerned about physical pain. If they are physically not feeling up to par they are more likely to see their doctors but even then many men just do not like doctors for any reason. The connection men do not seem to get is that sometimes physical pain is indicative of depression.
Men may also experience any one or more of the following symptoms:
violence (towards self or others)
weight loss or gain with no effort
risky behavior (affairs, excessive speeding, street drugs, and / or alcohol
loss of interest in activities (hobbies, sex)
Job Stress and Male Depression
Job stress is a major issue among men. Job stresses may include the following:
lack of control over what they do
Issues with co-workers or boss (es)
no job security
night shift work
too much overtime
Little compensation to match responsibilities
Treatments for male Depression
It is imperative that if you or someone you know is considering sucess get help immediately. Your doctor, the emergency room, or 911 can help you. Even if the person says it was a joke or they are not going to but they think about it. Get them help or contact someone to find the appropriate way to help someone else.
If you think you might be depressed have a thorough check up done. Infections, thyroid problems, or low testosterone can mimic depression. If physical issues are ruled out, get a depression screen done.
Treatment of male depression could include antidepressant medications, psychotherapy or even both. If you want to avoid the side effects of anti-depressants you could turn to herbal therapy. These treatments are all natural, safe, and have fewer if any side effects.
Herbal supplements may contain herbs such as Valerian, Dandelion root, Green Tea, and Chamomile. These herbs are blended with vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional substances in a precise formula to get the bet results possible. The supplements typically come in capsule form.
When making these supplements they should be made according to pharmaceutical grade standards. Each ingredient's metabolic path must be studied at the molecular level. The interactions of the ingredients should also be evaluated. This ensures their potency, safety, and effectiveness.
Male Depression is not like female Depression. Many of the symptoms are the same. Men may not connect physical pain with Depression. Men may also take much longer to seek help for their depression.