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Men also suffer from depression.

The symptoms of depression are usually different in men than in women Do you argue more and more with your wife or your friends? Do you have less patience with your children or do you feel reluctant and cannot sleep well? Maybe you're depressed and it's time to admit it. You need to do it so you can ask for help and get out of depression. Cheer up! Men also get depressed and here we tell you how to detect if that is what is happening to you. Men also suffer from depression and you have...



to be brave to admit it, especially in societies such as Latinas, in which men grow up with the idea that being a man means not being sad or demonstrating feelings. Many men ignore that depression is a disease, and believe that it is a weakness or a personal defect. Unfortunately, these ideas do nothing more than encourage men to hide what is happening to them and, in this way, they cannot access the help they may need to deal with this medical disorder. The result is that many men are depressed but do not receive professional treatment or advice. The most alarming thing about this situation is that when depression gets out of control, it can lead anyone to do something dangerous. In fact, although women are the ones who generally become depressed, suicide attempts are usually more tragic in the case of men. It is estimated that suicide death is four times more frequent in men than in women. Although they tend to commit more suicide attempts than men, the suicide rate of men is possibly higher because the methods they use to try to take their lives are usually more lethal than those used by women, such as men They use firearms instead of taking excess pills. Some research indicates that, if receiving the correct treatment, these deaths could be avoided. Why doesn't it happen? Not only do they find it hard to admit that they are depressed, sometimes they can't even recognize that they are. And this is due, in part, to the fact that depression symptoms tend to be different in men than in women. For example, while women tend to feel sad, with guilt and low self-esteem, men become more irritable, feel tired, lose interest in everyday activities and have trouble sleeping. In addition, it is more common for them to rely on alcohol and drugs to escape the situation and thus avoid facing a reality that they find it difficult to assume. Another way to try to hide the problem (depression) is to be filled with activities and work, but that hyperactivity usually occurs along with a state of intolerance, anger and aggression. Other times, emotional cues are not as obvious or hide behind physical symptoms that are associated with depression, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain. All this causes the focus of the real problem to run and even the doctors themselves fail to detect that the real cause of these discomforts is a depressive disorder. Now it starts to get to know you? It may be happening to you or someone you know, and it is more common than you think. To give you an idea, it is estimated that about one in twenty men will suffer an episode related to depression during the year and that, in the United States alone, at least six million men suffer from a depressive disorder.

The types of depression

There are different types of depressive disorders, each with its characteristics and symptoms, and all can be treated. Take note of the best known:
  • Major depression (or major depressive disorder) manifests itself with a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat and enjoy activities that were once pleasurable. It can happen only once, but often several episodes occur during the course of life.
  • Dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder): a chronic depression, less severe, that manifests itself with lasting symptoms that do not seriously incapacitate, but prevent the affected person from functioning well or feeling well.
  •  Bipolar disorder (or manic-depressive illness): It is characterized by cyclic changes in mood, euphoria (mania) and severe decay (depression), often with periods of normal mood between them.
In any case, it is important that you recognize that something is wrong, so that you can speak clearly and seek the necessary help. Depression is a serious medical disorder that affects the body, mood and way of thinking, eating and sleeping, and also changes the way of thinking and feeling. Men who suffer from a depressive disorder or depression cannot improve on their own, and if left untreated, episodes of depression can last for weeks, months or years! Ask yourself if you feel sad, empty, irritable, angry, guilty, useless, pessimistic, desperate, lost, tired, restless, disturbed, that nobody cares about you or that it is not worth living. Evaluate if you are sleeping more or less than usual, if you have changed your habits with food, if you have frequent headaches or stomach aches, or other chronic pain, if you have trouble concentrating, remembering things or making decisions, if you have lost interest in work or other activities that you liked before and even if you have lost interest in sexual relations . If you have any or more of these symptoms on a frequent basis, it is important that you talk to your doctor. Be courageous, the true manhood is not "to be strong" but to be really to take on the problem, ask for help and talk about it so you can get treatment. Depressive disorders are a medical problem, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. There are treatments. The first step is to detect that there is a problem, the next is to go with a qualified professional to help you.