,By: Brian Kurz
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), about six million American men suffer from depression every year.
Men and women both experience depression, but their symptoms are usually very different. In addition, men are less likely than women to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for depression. Simply put, men are more likely to suffer in silence.
It appears that men keep their feelings hidden inside longer, while women act upon their symptoms more readily as the symptoms arise. Let’s take a closer look at some of the symptoms of depression that differ between men and women.
Some men with depression hide their emotions and may seem to be angry, irritable, or aggressive while many women seem sad or express sadness. Different men have different symptoms.
But here are 8 common depression symptoms men experience:
- Feeling anxious, restless, or on edge
- Not being able to concentrate or remember details
- Feeling very tired, not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
- Physical aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Engaging in high-risk activities
- Withdrawing from family and friends or becoming isolated
- A need for alcohol or drugs
- Inability to meet the responsibilities of work, caring for family, or other important activities
Men often avoid addressing their feelings and in many cases friends and family members are the first to recognize that their loved one is depressed. For a number of reasons, male depression often goes undiagnosed and can have devastating consequences when it goes untreated.
Many men have learned to emphasize self-control and may think it’s not manly to express feelings and emotions associated with depression. The important thing to know is that male depression usually gets better with treatment.
In fact, eight out of ten cases of male depression respond well to treatment as indicated by the NIMH. Treatment options may include medication, counseling, or a combination of both.
If you feel like you may be depressed and are interested in seeking counseling, please contact Brian at Life Counseling Solutions to schedule a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Brian has been counseling for the last 17 years working with various types of people from veterans to those struggling with substance abuse, depression, or anxiety. He strongly believes that people can get better and achieve their full potential if provided with the right therapy and guidance. See Brian’s full bio.