Why Is He So Irritable: Vague Symptoms of Depression in Men

Why Is He So Irritable: Vague Symptoms of Depression in Men

It is said that one in four visits to the doctor are related to stress or depression.  Women may be more direct in making an appointment to address this specific concern.  They tend to band together, seeking support from friends, and be verbal about their issues.  This is likely due to how they were raised in dealing with feelings.  However, men may see depression as a sign of weakness, and for that very same reason, may NOT seek care (Franek, 2016). 

Around the world, a man is lost to suicide every minute, per the “Movember” campaign.  This movement to educate men includes mental health because our men need to know they’re not alone.

According to Franek, 6 million men suffer from depression, and are four times more likely to commit suicide when compared to depressed women.  Men may complain of physical ailments such as:

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Decreased libido

  • Sleep problems

  • Irritability

  • Loss of interest in work

When men are assisted in verbalizing emotions that might be at play, feelings of sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness and guilt may be identified.  Other vague factors that may be evident include “self-medicating”, usually with alcohol or drugs to ease their distress.

As a loved one or caring friend, it is important to speak up if you notice that he might be depressed. It may be difficult to bring up, but he may not make the connection of his feelings or symptoms, let alone his behavior.  By reaching out to him, he may find that it’s ok to seek professional help, and take action.  It’s more than quality of life.  For some, you may actually SAVE their life.

Franek, F.  Mental health for men. Retrieved from:  www.askmen.com/sports/health_150/176_mens_health.html on 11.7.16.

www.us.movember.com/mens-health/mental-health

www.headupguys.org

 

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