Depression is a serious medical condition that affects your mood, thoughts, and even your body. Symptoms of depression are reported more often by women than men. Nonetheless, it affects more than 6 million men.
Research has shown that while both men and women can develop the standard symptoms of depression, they often experience the illness differently. Also, men and women may have different ways of coping with symptoms.
Symptoms of depression include:
Men may be more willing to admit fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work or hobbies, and sleep problems than feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.
In addition, men are more likely than women to report alcohol and drug problems. It is unclear whether these problems are a symptom of depression or just a health concern that commonly develops in men. Nonetheless, alcohol and drug problems can make depression harder to recognize.
Many treatments have been effective in treating people with depression. The first step in this process is to see your doctor. He or she will give you an exam to rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms. A viral infection, thyroid problems, or low hormone levels can cause the same symptoms as depression.
If no cause for your symptoms is found, your doctor will then evaluate you for depression or refer you to a mental health specialist.
Various treatments are available. They include medication and talk therapy.
While getting professional care, you can also try these tips to help fight depression:
If you think that you might be depressed, consult with your physician for more information.
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If you have gone through trauma or had a loss, the anniversary of the event can be painful. The date may trigger anxiety, anger, sadness, or negative feelings about the world. A certain day also may bring on physical problems such as headaches, chills, or stomach pain.
If a certain time of year fills you with unhappy memories, you may find comfort in this advice:
Always consult your physician for more information.