Michigan Depression Therapy: Signs Of Depression In Men – Part 1

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Depression is more common among women than it is among men, but that does not mean that men do not suffer from depression at all. Approximately 8-12% of men will experience some form of major depression in their lives. The symptoms used in diagnosing depression are the same for both genders, but men tend to react to their depression differently than women. In this discussion, we will explore the signs of depression in men and what you can do to get depression therapy in Michigan.

Difficulty Sleeping And Fatigue

One of the primary complaints among men with depression is feeling tired throughout the day. Restlessness at night, difficulties falling asleep, or trouble staying asleep can easily cause fatigue. Not getting quality sleep can make it more difficult for your brain to process stressful situations. Even simple tasks like answering questions at work or ordering food at a restaurant can seem overwhelming.

There are a number of other physical conditions that can cause fatigue (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, etc.). Thus you may need to speak with your primary care physician about what could be causing your sleeplessness. If you feel generally tired without a medical condition associated with the fatigue, you may be depressed.

Irritability

Men with depression often experience irritability. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or being overwhelmed can manifest as rage, anger, and short tempers. This can also be a result of not sleeping or eating properly, which is common among people with depression. If you have felt “on edge” for a long stretch of time, it may be because of underlying depression.

Substance Abuse And Addictive Behaviors

Unfortunately, substance abuse and depression tend to go hand in hand. Men and women alike may turn to drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms for their depression, rather than tackling the root cause of the feelings. Substance abuse is a mask that can make other depression symptoms worse. It’s not getting rid of the problem – it’s just putting it off temporarily.

Other addictive behaviors may coincide with depression in men, such as gambling, excessive spending, overeating, and sex addiction. Chasing the high becomes a goal that eventually consumes a person’s life. If you are struggling with addiction or substance abuse, the therapists here at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers will help you conquer your addiction, find the source of the depression, and enjoy a better quality of life in the end.

Continue to Part 2.