Depression can be a life threatening condition that occurs in a staggering 1 in 10 women as well as around 1 in 25 men. While these numbers are disturbing for a condition that can be potentially deadly, in most cases, it is rather mild and is treated without the need for any medication. While depression affects both genders virtually the same way, men can respond to it differently in comparison to women.
The difference lies in the symptoms that are present. While the overall result of the symptoms is considered apathetic and rather dormant, male depression appears to be more aggressive, however there are exceptions to the rule.
If you look at the male depression symptoms, the emotions that are portrayed by them tend to be more animated as well as difficult for the people around them, be it emotional or physical. In contrast, females tend to become more insecure and sedentary in their lifestyle without much activity.
Another one of the tell-tale signs of male depression is loss of self-control. This may be seen in numerous ways whether it is violence or other emotions.
Another critical point to be noted with male depression is that suicide attempts are usually successful with men. Despite, females being more prone to depression, males are at a higher risk of death if they begin to contemplate suicide.
Females are typically quite talkative and tend to be more expressive with their feelings (again, there are exceptions), this can be quite a good trait when depressed as it would result in them talking out their feelings which will help alleviate some of their symptoms. On the other hand, males tend to bottle up their emotions making them more depressed as close acquaintances will be unaware of the male’s mental status.
Despite the difference in symptoms, the causes of male depression are quite similar in nature to women. Male depression treatment again has no specifications in terms of gender but it would be preferable to use methods that are less intrusive in nature.
Due to the difference in symptoms, it can be harder to spot but with adequate observation, you should be able to deduce the possibility of depression. Once identified, talk to the person and look to resolve the issue by one of the several treatment methods available.