Coping With Depression For Men and Women

2013-04-11 |

How Are Men Affected By Depression?

Men also suffer from depression and young men in their teens and twenties may actually have a higher suicide risk than other groups.

Recent generations of men have undergone a social change, in which they are often still expected to be a successful hunter gatherer – but are now also expected to be openly sensitive and caring, as well as be hands-on partners and fathers. Pressures of work – or no work – can still affect men’s self esteem, and depression symptoms men may experience include:
– Aggression, anger or anxiety
– Feeling fearful or isolated
– Low self esteem and sex drive
– Not being able to concentrate
– Sleeping too much – or not at all
– Risky behaviour (drugs, drink, driving, overeating, unsafe sex, gambling).

When Should We Seek Help To Treat Depression?

For those who frequently feel down or have experienced a trauma or life change which has left them feeling low and unable to cope with normal daily life, getting medical help as soon as possible is important.

Doctors are now looking at news ways of treating depression rather than simply prescribing medications. These antidepressant drugs are powerful medications because they influence the operation of brain. As well, if a person stops taking antidepressant medications such as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) without medical supervision, they can actually feel worse. In some cases, the feelings can include feeling anxious or even suicidal. This makes the search for alternatives an important goal.

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) now uses various forms of therapy to help people cope with depression, including counselling, psychotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). THe intent of these therapies is to examine responses and thoughts to situations which may be causing depression or making it worse.

The UK charity Depression Alliance also offers support to those with depression.

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