Identifying the Signs of Depression in Men
Men are born strong, made rock sturdy as they age, and they never compromise themselves emotionally – at least this is what most men believe themselves to be. Come to think of it, this is also the main reason why depression is a disease supposedly exclusive only to the female species. Whatever the case is, the signs of depression in men are for real, and no man can ever hide it, however rock-solid he may seem to be.
It is without a doubt that men normally act differently from women. One good reason for this is that men do not have the stomach to admit they are depressed; the idea alone would surely diminish their manhood with all that show of strength.
Indeed, men are made of strong stuff, they but they also submit themselves to depression, whether they would want to or not. The following are general signs of depression in men; the idea is that such symptoms are not really the same as with women. While women would tend to stay at home, lock themselves up in their rooms, hoping for any diversionary and ideas activities to pop up on their heads just to cheer themselves up, men can be stubbornly belligerent when it comes to expressing the depressive state they got themselves into.
Anger is perhaps the most visible sign whenever men find themselves depressed. They believe that to curl up in one sad corner just like how women do it will never suit them. They have already programmed themselves to react to this “sad state” by simply showing everyone they can triumph over it. They put on their aggressive mode, and then lock their depressions away so that anger can take over, with trademarks of reckless acts and general violent behavior (beating the wife and children, wrecking property, showing disrespect to traffic and other road rules, etc).
The tendency for Risky Behavior
Risky behavior tendencies are also a trademark of depressed men. Whenever depressed, they pressure themselves to prove it otherwise by acting recklessly and fearlessly without thinking too much of the resulting consequences. It is a feeling of showing to others and most especially to themselves that they are invincible (gambling with large sums of money, engaging in one-night stands, etc).
Pain is probably what most men can successfully hide, though they are never good at it. This becomes so since men usually keep such feelings to themselves because they want to be strong. They will instinctively find other means to manifest such pain they felt inside them.
Suicide is another serious idea that men unconsciously welcome, especially with men in their early adulthood. They are more susceptible to experience depression in their careers and social life, and they have not armed themselves yet in dealing with depression.
Men indeed suffer from depression – as contrary to what others may believe. These general signs of depression in men say it all; it’s just that they act very differently from women when it comes to how they would respond to the issue, and how they think it best to manage the situation.