Depression in Men
Depression is a condition of the brain that affects both men and women in society today. It has been assumed that men never suffer from depression, however, the fact is that they do, although silently. The notion of manhood is what prevents men from seeking medical help or worse, not acknowledge that they are suffering. However, this should be no cause for alarm because depression is a condition that can be treated in its early stages. Women, unlike men, tend to seek medical assistance earlier on which allows them to handle the situation better than most men do.
The societal view of men
Society views men as a powerful figure and as the head of families; this gives no room for men that are not competitive or suffer from certain conditions as these conditions give the perception that the man is weak. This has been the major reason why depression has hit men so much harder than it has women. There are however other reasons why most men do not admit to having depression and an example of this is being rejected or discriminated against by their spouses. Generally, the need to look strong, self-reliant and intelligent at the same time can be the start of a mental breakdown when stress kicks in.
Signs of depression
The main question is to answer is, how do you know that you are facing depression? Below are some signs and symptoms that, should you observe, require you to seek medical assistance.
- Feeling unworthy or helpless
- No interest in your social life
- Facing anxiety
- Reduced or no sex drive at all
- Poor grooming such as not shaving and bathing
- Unnecessary fatigue
- Having suicidal thoughts
These and many more behavioural changes should be a red flag for you. You may not notice them but people around you can and that is why you should seek psychiatric help should these symptoms arise. Depression can be very detrimental to your life, especially at your workplace where your efficiency is likely to be mitigated. The people around you should be keen to notice any changes in your behaviour and arrange for medical help, especially if you are in denial.
Can Depression Be Treated?
Accepting the condition is your first step towards healing. If the denial stage is prolonged, you are bound to face more dire health and social effects which can make your life unbearable. Depression can be effectively treated if properly diagnosed before its late stages. Your family plays a vital role in your treatment plan. You need all the support you can get and gradually the strange clouds will vanish, bringing more brighter days to your life. Do not wait until it is too late to seek medical assistance. If you suspect any changes in your moods and/or behaviours, you can always arrange for a medical check-up where the doctor will diagnose your condition and give you the necessary treatment.
The number of deaths arising from depression alone is alarming and you could help cut down on such figures by being your own keeper and your brother’s keeper too.