Depression affects people of all genders, ages, races, and cultures. It’s not exclusive to women or men, but it tends to get less attention than it deserves.
If you’re a man and you’re feeling down, you’re not alone. Many men suffer in silence. They don’t know how to ask for help, or they’re ashamed to admit that they need it. It’s important to be able to identify the warning signs of depression in men. This can help you get the treatment you need and prevent future episodes.
If you think you might be depressed, don’t wait to see if it gets better. Get help right away. It’s never too late to get help. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your chances of recovery. Follow the signs listed below and see if you recognize any of them. If you think you might be depressed, don’t wait to see if it gets better. Get help right away. It’s never too late to get help.
Change in Personal Habits
One of the first indicators that someone is depressed is a change in their habits. They might stop going to the gym or they might stop doing activities they used to enjoy. They could also start eating or sleeping more than usual. All of these habits could be because the person is trying to self-medicate.
Some common changes in habits include:
- A decrease in the amount of grooming or personal hygiene products used.
- Spend more time in bed, awake for longer periods of time.
- Increased appetite for sugary, fatty, or salty foods.
- Reduce or stop sexual activity.
These habits can change over the course of several weeks or months. They don’t necessarily mean that the person is getting better. These are all common ways that men deal with emotional pain. If you notice a change in your friend’s habits, this is a good indication they’re depressed and in pain. They might not be able to fix the problem on their own, or they might not even know they’re in pain. Ask them if they want to talk about it.
Loss of Interest in Activities
One of the first signs of depression in a man is a loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. They might not want to go out or socialize with friends. They might isolate themselves more than usual.
If someone you know is depressed, they might not care whether you’re around or not. They might not even be aware that you’re missing. This is normal for someone who’s depressed. They might not want to bring others down with them.
Start asking them about their interests and see if there’s anything you can do to help get their attention back on earth. If you notice a loss of interest in activities, this is a good indication that someone is depressed and wants to talk about it. Ask them if they need someone to talk to, or if they want to go to therapy with you.
Feeling Guilty or Unable to Let Go
Guilt and shame are some of the many emotions that accompany depression. Guilt and shame are part of the reason why people with depression don’t seek help. They feel like they’re letting people down or that they should be able to “fix” whatever is causing them pain.
If you feel guilty or ashamed for something that happened in your life, this is a sign that you need to talk to someone. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you did. There is always someone who can help. You don’t need to deal with your problems on your own.
If you feel guilty or unable to let go, this is a good indication that someone is depressed and in pain. Ask them if they need someone to talk to, or if they want to go to therapy with you.
Isolating From Family and Friends
This is another sign that someone is depressed and wants to talk about it. They might start keeping to themselves more, or they might avoid social interactions. They might even start avoiding family and friends.
If you notice your friend isolating themselves, this is a good indication that they’re in pain and don’t know how to ask for help. Ask them if they want to talk about it, or if they need someone to talk to.
If someone is depressed, they might only be able to fall asleep for a short period of time. They might wake up early, or they might stay in bed replaying what happened that day in their head.
This is a common way that people with depression deal with their emotions. They might not be able to let it go, or they might be trying to escape the negative thoughts that are racing through their minds.
This is why it’s important to identify the symptoms of depression in men. If someone is only able to fall asleep for a short period of time, or if they wake up early, this is a good indication that someone is depressed and in pain. Ask them if they need someone to talk to, or if they want to go to therapy with you.
Racing thoughts are a common symptom of depression. Someone who’s depressed might have a million thoughts running through their minds. They might imagine what could have been, or they might think about what might happen in the future.
There’s no point in thinking about the past. Whatever happened, happened. The only thing you can control is what happens next. If you catch yourself constantly going back and forth between thoughts, try to pause for a second and ask yourself if you’re being productive. If not, try to find a more productive way to spend your time until you’re able to calm your thoughts.
Inability to Concentrate
Many people with depression feel like they can’t concentrate. This can make it hard to do schoolwork or even finish a simple task. It can also make it hard to make decisions.
If you notice an inability to concentrate, ask the person if they need help concentrating. Offer to help them with their schoolwork, or offer to help them with their chores. This can be a good way for them to release some of their stress.
If you think you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to seek help. Don’t try to handle it on your own. You might not be able to, and you definitely don’t want to risk hurting yourself or others.
If you think you’re experiencing depression, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are many resources out there that can help you get the treatment you need. Talk to your doctor, a school counselor, or a friend who can help you navigate the system.