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Depression Affects Women AND Men

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Many people struggle with feelings of depression, but they may not recognize the symptoms or want to talk about it. More than 350 million people worldwide suffer from the condition, reports the World Health Organization. One in 10 Americans experience it. Society tends to label depression as a “woman’s issue,” but men also suffer from depression. They just may not know it. Here are three things to know:

  1. It’s confusing – Depression can be confusing because there can be multiple triggers and there are several forms of the condition. Generally, depression is described as constantly feeling sad or lacking interest in experiences and people you used to enjoy. There are many forms of depression:
  • Major
  • Dysthymia
  • Psychotic
  • Postnatal
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  1. Not easy to self-diagnose – People may experience depression in different forms and degrees, making it difficult to recognize the signs. Common symptoms of depression include:
  • Anxiety
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Problems concentrating
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Thoughts of suicide (Male suicides outnumber females four to one.)
  • Feelings of hopelessness, restlessness or sadness
  • Irritability
  • Aches, pains, headaches or digestive issues
  1. Seek help – Women, and especially men, are reluctant to seek professional help to discuss their feelings. Over 18 million Americans suffer from depression, with men making up about one-third of the group.

Women may think they’re just not working hard enough to juggle daily responsibilities and their feelings, and men consider it not macho to admit they have problems, or are struggling with feelings of sadness or helplessness. Fortunately, health professionals are trained to help men and women with depression. Treatment options usually include a combination of medications and therapy.

Learn more about depression.

Sources:
Depression: The Secret Men Won’t Admit
Depression
Depression: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

 

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