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Symptoms of Depression in Men
Symptoms Associated With Male Depression
- Using alcohol or drugs to self medicate
- Using escapist behavior, such as working excessively long hours
- Watching excessive amounts of television
- Becoming irritable or angry
- Becoming violent to himself or others
- Creating conflict
- Acting overtly or covertly hostile
- Risk taking behaviors
- Having extramarital affairs
Classic Symptoms of Depression
- Lack of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities, including sex
- Fatigue, decrease in energy level
- Inability to concentrate or make decisions
- Too much or too little sleep
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Previous suicidal behavior.
- Refer to himself as a bad or rotten person
- Exhibit hopelessness in statements such as “I won’t be a problem much longer,” “You’ll never see me again,” or “There’s no use”.
- Give or throw away important belongings.
- Say things like “I’m going to kill myself” or “I’m going to commit suicide”—These threats should always be taken seriously.
- Have hallucinations or strange thoughts.
The Importance of Getting Help
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance http://www.ndmda.org
International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression http://www.ifred.org
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
Canadian Psychological Association http://www.cpa.ca
Depression. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated February 12, 2013. Accessed March 6, 2013.
Depression and men fact sheet. National Alliance on Mental Illness website. Available at: http://www.nami.org/PrinterTemplate.cfm?Section=Depression&Template=/ContentManagement/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=89095. Updated October 2009. Accessed March 6, 2013.
Depression in men. Help Guide website. Available at: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression%5Fmen%5Fmale.htm. Updated December 2012. Accessed March 6, 2013.
Men and depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/men-and-depression/index.shtml. Accessed March 6, 2013.
Suicide. Menstuff website. Available at: http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/suicide.html. Accessed March 6, 2013.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013
- Update Date: 03/06/2013