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Mens’ Mental Health and Challenges

Depression is a common mental health condition that affects people of all genders, but men may experience it differently than women. Here are some signs of depression in men to look out for:

  1. Anger or irritability: Men may express their depression through anger or irritability, rather than sadness or hopelessness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), men are more likely to report feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment when they are depressed.
  2. Loss of interest in activities: Men may lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, or spending time with friends and family. The NIMH states that a loss of interest in activities is a common symptom of depression.
  3. Difficulty sleeping: Men may have trouble sleeping or may sleep too much. They may also have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The American Psychological Association (APA) reports that insomnia or oversleeping are common symptoms of depression.
  4. Substance abuse: Men may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with their depression. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that individuals with depression are more likely to have a substance abuse disorder.
  5. Fatigue: Men may feel tired or have a lack of energy all the time. The APA states that fatigue is a common symptom of depression.
  6. Physical symptoms: Men may experience physical symptoms such as headaches, back pain, or stomach aches that are not caused by an underlying medical condition. The NIMH states that depression may cause a variety of physical symptoms, including chronic pain.
  7. Risk-taking behavior: Men may engage in risky behaviors such as reckless driving, gambling, or promiscuity. The APA states that depression can lead to impulsive or reckless behavior.

It’s important to note that these signs may vary from person to person and not everyone with depression will experience all of these symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or is struggling with depression, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare professional. With appropriate treatment, people with depression can recover and lead fulfilling lives.

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References:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

American Psychological Association (APA) – https://www.apa.org/topics/depression

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disorders

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