• 9 December 2023

Depression takes away joy and willingness to live, takes away motivation to act, causes suffering. It appears as often in men as it does in women. It is worthwhile to recognize her symptoms in time and go for help - no shame.

Is depression in men different from "female" depression?

Depression is one of the most common diseases of our time. It affects children, young people, the elderly and the elderly. Men as well as women. The symptoms of depression in men may differ slightly from those in women due to their upbringing, lifestyle and beliefs. Of course, this is not a hard rule - there are no separate diseases describing female or male depression. It's a single disorder that manifests itself in different ways in different people.

Depressive episodes occurring in men last less time than in women, and the risk of their recurrence is lower, perhaps due to the type of hormonal economy. However, according to statistics, untreated depression is much more likely to lead to suicide among men than among women. The reason may be that you are less willing to turn to specialists for help.

What are the most common symptoms of depression?

The following are common symptoms of depression that allow the disease to be diagnosed:

  • anhedonia (no pleasure, no joy),
  • feeling tired and weak,
  • problems with concentration and memory,
  • the feeling of being overwhelmed with everyday activities,
  • apathy, loss of motivation to act,
  • sleep problems (early awakening or, on the contrary, a much greater need for sleep than before),
  • strong, negative emotions "for no reason" (sadness, anger),
  • change of appetite (excessive appetite or lack of appetite).

Not every depression looks the same. Many patients show not so much apathy as unhealthy energy levels, the need to be on the move, constant anxiety and a tendency to throw themselves into the whirlpool. People with depression are often accompanied by anxiety. It may be connected with interpersonal relations (fear of loneliness, abandonment), but also with the professional or private sphere (fear of failing to fulfil one's duties).

Depression is worth it and can be treated

A visit to a psychologist or psychiatrist is often associated with something embarrassing, with surrender, inability to cope with one's own thoughts. Such doubts are particularly common among men brought up in the belief that problems should be dealt with on their own. Meanwhile, depression is associated with the imbalance of neurotransmitters and the creation of a system of beliefs and thoughts that further disrupt this balance. It is difficult to come out of this alone, and turning for help is not a cause for shame or a confession of failure. On the contrary, it is a way of actively fighting for oneself and one's loved ones, who also suffer.

Psychotherapy in combination with pharmacotherapy (if necessary) can bring about a lasting, clear improvement in well-being. It is not worth waiting for the depressive state to worsen and suicidal thoughts to appear. Depression in men is nothing embarrassing, and it is perfectly possible to get out of it.