Depression in men is slightly less prominent than depression in females but it is still just as serious an issue. Depression in men can be difficult to deal with, identify and treat because the male ego prevents depressed men from accepting that they have the condition and seek treatment. Rather, they prefer to wallow in denial as their symptoms worsen over time. Another reason why depression in men is difficult to deal with is because symptoms can vary and may seem uncharacteristic of men. Men are prone to spells of agitation and aggression which is not typical of depression.
The causes of depression in men can vary but there are specific factors that can contribute. In depression in men over 50 for instance, changing hormonal levels can be a cause. In fact, as body composition and structure changes and deteriorates at this age, the disorder may start to manifest. Depression in men over 40 can be caused by more psychological aspects. Reaching 40 is a milestone age for any man. It’s the age where they become more at risk to a number of dangerous diseases and conditions. Additionally, men who have reached this age ideally should have achieved a considerable amount in their life. Men at this age may start to reflect on their life and their past and perhaps regret certain events or feel nostalgic. For some men, it may get the better of them resulting in the disorder.
Treatment for depression in men is similar to women however certain effective remedies such as talk therapy may not be as receptive to men considering certain men do not take kindly to expressing their feelings and emotions in the open. It makes them feel vulnerable. Instead other methods may be used. Of course, antidepressants is an option but it should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, yoga and meditation may prove to be effective.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that despite depression is more prevalent in women and more women attempt suicide having the condition each year, men are more successful when they take matters to their own hands, so to speak. For this reason, it is important that men are treated as early as possible and if it does unfortunately develop to a severe state, adequate measures must be taken to keep the male safe from harm’s way which he may inflict on himself.