Depression affects everyone in different ways, which means your particular symptoms are unique to you. For example, one person might not have enough energy to even get out of bed, while another person might feel constantly edgy and restless. One might feel really down all the time and break into tears seemingly for no reason. The other might snap angrily at the smallest irritation. One person might never seem hungry, while the other eats constantly. Also, the symptoms you feel and experience may vary in intensity and duration over time.
Signs Of Depression
One of the symptoms of depression is moodiness and sadness. This is usually severe because it’s combined with and can set off other crippling symptoms, like irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, and even physical pain.
This kind of depression usually lasts a lot longer than just a day. You feel weighed down by your negative mood for weeks, or even months, and it interferes with everything you do.
Anger and Irritation
Men naturally hate being vulnerable. For them, it is a sign of weakness. Due to this type of thinking, a lot of guys see the manifestations of depression as signs of weakness so they become angry instead. This depressive anger isn’t your typical pissed-off state. When you get mad, you can usually point to something as the cause of it. When you’re depressed, your outbursts may come out of nowhere.
A lot of men feel like they lose their masculinity when they admit they’re depressed, Some men manifest depression by being hostile, angry, or aggressive and may need to compensate by demonstrating that he is still strong. But real strength is admitting that something is wrong and seeking professional help.
When you feel like you can’t express your emotions, you end up dealing with your depression in a way that may be a danger to yourself or other people without thinking about the consequences at the time.
Men might be more likely to report symptoms of depression as stress. It’s not that they have more stress; it’s that it’s more socially acceptable to report it as stress although research has shown that prolonged exposure to stress can lead to changes both in the body and brain, which can, in turn, lead to depression.
Research has shown a strong link between anxiety disorders and depression. In fact, it’s often easier for men to talk about feeling anxious rather than depressed.
Psychomotor retardation can slow down a man’s ability to process information, thereby impairing concentration on work or other tasks. Depression fills one with negative thoughts; you’re slowed down and constantly thinking about negative things. As a result, it makes it very difficult to focus on anything.
Alcohol Dependence and Substance Abuse
About 20 to 25 percent of men dealing with depression will suffer from a drinking problem, Alcohol ignites the dopamine pathways in your brain, a neurotransmitter that helps control your brain’s reward and pleasure centers—a signal that doesn’t work so well when you’re depressed.
Once you get addicted to the good feelings a couple of beers produce, it’s hard to stop that cycle of self-medication. But alcohol is a lousy antidepressant, it often magnifies many of your symptoms, like your lack of sleep and anger. Plus, too much of it can hurt your muscles, heart and other parts of the body. Substance abuse frequently accompanies depression. Research has shown that alcoholics are almost twice as likely to suffer from major depression as people without a drinking problem.
Feeling of Exhaustion
You may have trouble falling asleep, wake up in the middle of the night, or wake up really early in the morning. You may make excuses for this and call it rumination or thinking deeply about things but the fact remains that when you can’t sleep, you tend to focus on all of the bad things going on in your life. People who are depressed undergo a series of physical and emotional changes. They can experience fatigue, as well as psychomotor retardation, or a slowing down of physical movements, speech, and thought processes.
You Start Pushing People Away
Depressed people have a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future.That means you might start isolating yourself from your family and friends
But your loved ones will be the first people to notice your change in mood. Because lots of men refuse to admit they need to get help in the first place, they put up a wall and push people away instead of listening to their concerns. Your anger may even tell you to blame them for your problems.That takes a toll on the way you interact with those you care about.
A decreased sex drive is one of the earliest signs of depression. That’s because depression can impair parts of your limbic system, an area of your brain that controls appetite, sleep, energy, and your sex drive.
Depression is a common reason for the loss of desire and erectile dysfunction (ED), and it’s one symptom that men are inclined not to report. “Performance problems can come from depression and make depression worse. However, decreased libido can be the result of other medical conditions or medications (including antidepressants), and by itself does not signal depression.
Depression slows down your ability to decide Some people naturally have a hard time making decisions, so an inability to make choices is usually worrisome only if it’s a new behaviour.
such as insomnia, waking up very early in the morning, or excessive sleeping—are common depression symptoms.
If you are having sleep troubles, it could be helpful to talk to your doctor
Women are more likely to attempt suicide, but men are more than four times as likely to die if they do attempt suicide. One reason is that men tend to choose more lethal methods. Older men are at highest risk for suicide, and doctors may miss depression symptoms in this group. In fact, more than 70% of older suicide victims saw their primary care physician within the month of their death. Depression is not a normal part of ageing in men or women.
You should watch out for these signs and seek medical help.
Depression: Do not suffer in Silence, Let’s Talk