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10 Signs of Depression in Men

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More than 5 million men in the U.S. experience depression each year. While the symptoms used to diagnose depression are the same regardless of gender, often the leading complaints can be different among men and women.

Here are 10 signs of depression in men.

1. Fatigue: People who are depressed experience fatigue, as well as a slowing down of physical movements, speech, and thought processes. Men are more likely than women to report fatigue and other physical symptoms of depression as their chief complaints.
2. Sleeping too much or too little: Sleep problems, like insomnia or excessive sleeping, are common depression symptoms.
3. Stomach or backache: Health problems like constipation or diarrhea, as well as headaches and back pain, are common in people who are depressed. Many men often don’t realize that chronic pain and digestive disorders are connected to depression.
4. Irritability: Instead of seeming down, men often show signs of irritability. Negative thoughts are a common aspect of depression, but men report feeling irritable because they are having negative thoughts constantly.
5. Difficulty concentrating: Psychomotor retardation can slow down a man’s ability to process information, thereby impairing concentration on work or other tasks.
6. Anger or hostility: Some men manifest depression by being hostile or aggressive. A man who realizes something is wrong may need to compensate by showing that he is strong or capable.
7. Stress: Men might be more likely to report symptoms of depression as stress. It’s not necessarily that they have more stress; it’s just more socially acceptable to report. Research has shown that prolonged exposure to stress can change the body and brain, which can in turn lead to depression.
8. Anxiety: Men may be more likely to experience anxiety because it’s often easier for men to talk about feeling anxious rather than sad.
9. Substance abuse: It can happen for both men and women, but using drugs or alcohol to mask uncomfortable feelings is a strategy men will employ instead of seeking health care.
10. Sexual dysfunction: Depression is a common reason for loss of desire and erectile dysfunction, and this is one symptom that men are prone to not reporting. However, ED can be the result of other medical conditions or medications, and ED by itself does not signal depression.

If you or any man you know suffers from these symptoms. It may be time to talk to a medical professional.


Sep 11, 2013
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5 Tips to Increase Your Energy Level During Depression

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Depression is a physical disorder, and loss of energy is a very common symptom. For many, it can be quite devastating, and as long as the person is depressed they will experience energy loss. Someone suffering from depression lacks energy and motivation and shuns physical activities that would in fact make him or her feel better. A healthy diet, adequate sleep and being active are all essential for a person to work and perform successfully.

Here are 5 tips to increase your energy level during depression:

1. Make changes. Trying to make changes when you are depressed can seem impossible and can sometimes worsen your mood. Therefore, it is recommended to try and change things slowly but surely by creating attainable goals in your current state to increase your energy level. Taking small initial steps will boost your confidence and give way for larger steps.
2. Consume energy-rich foods. Foods that build up your energy levels are carbs such as vegetables, fruits, whole grain and proteins. Certain foods such as candy only increase your energy level for a short period of time. If you’ve ever experienced a sugar “high,” you know that quickly after a boost, your energy is depleted again. The goal is to keep your blood sugar fluctuation as gentle as possible.
3. Move your body. Movement pertains to any physical activity which moves the body. This includes anything such as walking, dancing, or any other physical movement from which you derive pleasure. Body movement does not necessarily mean working out at the gym. Movement will keep your heart pumping and spirit soaring.
4. Sleep well. Sleeping too much or too little will invariably affect how you feel. Some people may sleep for 12 hours and still be restless. Having sound sleeping habits will maintain your energy levels and also stave off depression.
5. Identify and reduce energy-zappers. Too many prescription drugs or high dosages usually reduce energy. Watching too much TV or working for long hours are also diminishes energy. Do not put off work to be done. Doing what is required as soon as possible will help to raise and maintain your energy levels.
Most of all, recognize that depression is a difficult illness to deal with. Changes will be hard and sometimes overwhelming but keep your spirits high!


Sep 04, 2013
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Stomach Aches and Depression

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Stomach aches can be a normal part of life for some children; however a new study shows that unexplained abdominal pain at an early age may cause anxiety or depression come adulthood. Research published online in Pediatrics, shows that 51% of children who had abdominal pain as children also had an anxiety disorder sometime during their lifetime, while 30% had a current diagnosis at the time they were surveyed. “A decade later, individuals who had stomach pain continued to have high rates of anxiety disorders, even if they no longer had stomach pain,” study author Lynn Walker, a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. To compare, only 20% of people who did not have abdominal issues when they were a kid had an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.

For the study, the researchers looked at 332 children who visited a doctor for unexplained stomach pain when they were between the ages of eight and seventeen. They also followed 147 kids from the same schools that did not report stomach issues. The researchers talked to the kids again when they were around twenty to see if they had any symptoms of anxiety or depression. In addition to the anxiety findings, researchers also discovered that 40% of adults who had abdominal pain as child had depression during their lifetime. Only 16% of adults in the comparison group had the disorder at one point and time.

Dr. Eva Szigethy, head of the Medical Coping Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, said a link between anxiety and pain wasn’t a huge leap, especially because they are often observed together in doctor’s offices. She also added that further studies should look at how kids were treated for anxiety or stomach pain, and whether that had an effect on their mental health as adults. “We’ve noticed clinically that often the anxiety does predate the onset of pain,” she said.

The researchers suggested that parents should not keep their kids out of school for a stomach ache if a doctor gives him or her a clean bill of health. “If no significant disease is found, parents should encourage their children to continue their regular activities even if they are having pain or anticipate that they might have pain,” Walker said. “When children stay home from school and other activities, they get behind in schoolwork and peer relationships, which increases stress, which in turn increases their suffering.”


Aug 12, 2013
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