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Can a man be depressed?

Facts about depression in men

How to treat depression?

Timely recognition by family and family doctors is a great relief. Depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, and reassurance by family members.

How do men cope with depression?

They hide the feeling of sadness and express it in other ways like being irritable, aggressive, posing as a tough guy. They go for things like an alcohol addiction or drug abuse.

Long-term effects of depression

Suicide. Men tend to commit more suicide than women. More women might attempt suicide, but more men succeed. Women might attempt methods like going for sleeping pills, men tend to opt for lethal methods like hanging.

Is depression more common in the elderly?

Yes. Below are some causes of depression in the elderly.

  • Retirement: It's a tough thing to deal with for most of the men. They lose self-esteem due to lack of meaningful work and lack of financial independence.
  • Effects of aging: Diseases like cancer and heart ailments.
  • Bereavement: Death of spouse or friends.
  • Medications: Some of the medicines contribute to depression in the elderly.

Symptoms of depression

Symptoms of depression are similar in both men and women. Here is a list of 6 symptoms of depression:

  • Apathy
  • Fatigue
  • Altered appetite
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Feeling worthless and sad

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