Men and Depression: How It Differs from Depression in Women
It is a common misconception that depression only affects women. Although women are more susceptible to depression than men, there are millions of men suffering from depression all over the world. It can, however, be tricky to diagnose depression in men as they are less likely than women to notice the symptoms and ask for help early on. Often, men do not get diagnosed with depression until they are at advanced stages of it.
Symptoms of depression among men
Although depression causes similar issues in both men and women, the way symptoms manifest in men and the way men deal with symptoms can differ greatly from the way women deal with depression and its symptoms.
- Sudden anger and rage: Sudden, unexplained bursts of anger and rage are common among men who suffer from depression. This happens mainly because most men do not express their emotions and keep them bottled up, which leads to a buildup of strong emotions. This buildup leads to sudden outbursts at the slightest provocation, however unrelated to the actual emotions.
- Substance abuse: Many men find it difficult to talk about their depression or about things that bother them. Failing to release these emotions leads to stress and anxiety, which causes many men to turn to alcohol and various narcotic drugs. Substance abuse can worsen the symptoms of depression and possibly lead to suicidal thoughts and actions if not treated in time.
- Constant overworking: Men frequently avoid problems that make them uncomfortable by doing things they feel gives them control. Overworking is common among men who are suffering from depression but are unable to deal with the condition or seek help for it. Drowning in work enables them to avoid dealing with depressive thoughts and feelings.
- Excessive risk-taking: A lot of men feel that depression or feeling down makes them look weak. This leads to unnecessary and excessive risk-taking behavior that can harm them and other people around them in many ways. It can cause physical injury, financial losses, and even loss of jobs.
- Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality: Being unable to understand the symptoms of depression and not knowing they need help can cause overthinking and worrying in many men. This, in turn, affects sleep and can lead to insomnia or poor quality of sleep. Lack of adequate sleep can further worsen depression and its symptoms.
There is a higher chance of successful suicide among men dealing with depression than among women coping with depression. It is, therefore, essential to seek help and to deal with the depression in a timely way.
Need more help?
There is help for men suffering from depression. Contact us today for more information to discuss your situation. The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are ready to help! Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message.