Stress, unfulfilled life plans, loneliness and disappointment are just some of the reasons that can cause depression in both women and men.
The stronger sex suffers from depressive disorders no less often than women. The great danger of depression in men is that they are much less likely than women to turn to specialists for help, which means that the consequences of this disease can be worse. But first, you need to understand the causes and symptoms of depression.
Causes of depression in men
The causes of depression in men can be physiological and psychological.
Psychological reasons include:
- Frequent or persistent stress
- Feeling unnecessary yourself or your work, etc .;
- General understanding of the failure of your life;
- Serious stressful situations and shocks;
- Midlife crisis;
- Feeling lonely;
- General dissatisfaction with life lived;
- Traumatic situations: accidents, violence, natural disasters, etc .;
- Childhood psychological trauma
- Parting with a loved one, divorce
Physiological causes include diseases that can complicate life and the full functioning of the body. But the most common physiological cause of depression in men is erectile dysfunction. This problem can also be a symptom.
Physiological causes can arise from:
- Head Injury
- Hormonal imbalance
- Intoxication by various substances, including alcohol
- Overwork, chronic fatigue.
- Heart attacks and strokes
“Depression is like the absence of values. An inner void with nothing to fill. This is not fear, but the absence of something important in your life. There is no joy, there is only heaviness from such an existence. This happens when a person has too little love, interest, relationships in his life. It is a feeling of hunger for values. When hunger grows unquenchable, depression sets in. ” Alfried Langle
Symptoms of depression in men
Depression in men is different than in women, and some symptoms are markedly different from those of depressive disorder in the weak half of humanity.
Symptoms of depression include the following conditions and disorders:
From the side of the psyche:
- Absent-mindedness, decreased concentration.
- Constant feeling of fatigue, up to and including inhibition of reaction.
- Decreased mental alertness.
- Unreasonable increased irritability, outbursts of anger, unreasonable aggression, anger.
- The emergence of bad habits, addiction to alcohol.
- Excessive sleepiness.
- Change in speech: it becomes slow, lethargic.
- Feeling of constant anxiety.
- Complete indifference to what is happening.
From the physiological side:
- Worsening health, exacerbation of chronic diseases.
- Violation of potency, decreased libido.
- Weight jumps for no apparent reason.
- Disorders of the digestive system.
- Frequent attacks of headaches.
These and other symptoms may indicate that you should see a specialist for a more accurate diagnosis.
- DEPRESSION IS ONE COMMON MENTAL DISORDER. It is estimated that over 300 million people from all age groups suffer from it.
- DEPRESSION IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF DISABILITY IN THE WORLD AND MAKES A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF DISEASE.
- IN THE WORST CASE, DEPRESSION CAN LEAD TO SUICIDE. ANNUALLY, ABOUT 800,000 PERSONS ARE KILLED AS A RESULT OF SUICIDE – THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG PEOPLE AGED 15-29.
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Depression in men is no less, and maybe even more, dangerous than in women. Depression can be cured, but only if the onset of its development is recognized in time. Don’t let depression ruin your life and your loved ones.