Thirty percent of men have experienced an episode of depression during their lifetimes.
1. Unexplained anger, aggression, or irritability
3. Feeling “flat,” empty, or hopeless
4. Feeling sad or emotional for no reason
5. Unexplained physical aches and pains, such as stomach problems or headaches
6. Withdrawing from family and friends
7. Anxiety and restlessness
8. Loss of interest in work, school, family activities, or relationships
9. Poor concentration
10. Changes in diet (overeating or not easting enough)
11. Use of drugs or alcohol to treat the symptoms
Nobody is entirely sure what causes depression. Some men have genetic risks for depression, such as siblings or parents who have been treated for depression. In other cases, depression is triggered by an event such as a separation, loss of a job, financial problems, or family stress.
Certain diseases can also lead to depression. These include heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson disease, and hormone problems (including low testosterone and thyroid disease).
DO I HAVE TO TAKE PILLS TO TREAT DEPRESSION?
No, not necessarily. Antidepressant medications can help many men. But these are not the only form of treatment. Some men benefit from just talking about their stressful situations, increasing aerobic exercise, and uncomplicated behavioral techniques to ease the symptoms.