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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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7 Ways Seniors Can Get Out of Depression

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Almost 25% of people over the age of 65 suffer from one or more of the 5 Ds. These are disability, decline, diminished quality of life, demand on caregivers and dementia. More than 50% of doctor visits, by older people, are to complain about being depressed. Around 20% of all suicides are committed by people belonging to this age group and depression is cited as the main reason for deteriorating health amongst older people.

Use these 7 tips to help battle depression in your older years:

Separate the illness from depression. Depression is hard to diagnose because it may not have any physical ailments. An effective way to get out of depression, is treating the physical and mental symptoms simultaneously.

Control drinking. Because of their condition and loneliness, a lot of depressed older people may start to drink excessively or take various pills. Using both could have disastrous results.

Start exercising. Exercising is a healthy way for seniors to get out of depression. Elder people should be especially careful while exercising because nearly 33% suffer from falls. Some form of mild exercises can increase strength, sense of balance and confidence.

Treating sleeplessness. Older people usually have less deep levels of sleep. Depressions adds to this sleeplessness, and the greater the depression, the more sleeping problems arise. Cut down on caffeine and go to bed at the appropriate time to improve quality of sleep and fight depression.

Differentiate grief from depression. Feelings of grief like after a spouse has passed, will eventually dull, but depression persists indefinitely unless treated. It is essential to recognize the difference to effect remedial steps.

Keep photos of loved ones. This usually helps to resist depression. Photos generally trigger good or fond memories. The reminder leaves memories that can put a person in a better mood and ward off depression.

Be social. Research has proven that people who are outgoing and friendly usually do not suffer from depression. Losing family and friends is part of growing up and growing old. So making new friends is especially important for older people. That is a great buffer against depression.

Sep 10, 2013
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Teen Depression Facts Parents Should Know

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Teenagers are usually known for being moody, rebellious, egocentric and emotional. However, while this is normal adolescent behavior, depression is a real disorder that affects one in twenty teens. Michael Strober, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and senior consultant to the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, says that depression in teens is “a serious mental health problem [that] can linger for months and a significant number of young people can have a recurrence.” Here are some facts about this commonly misunderstood disorder:

  • Depression Goes Beyond Moodiness: It can be hard to figure out the difference between normal teenage moodiness and doldrums, however if you notice that there’s been “a real change in the functioning of [your] child’s behavior,” says Strober, it might be more than just the typical teen behavior. You might notice your child changing his or her appetite and sleep, has poor school performance, has an inability to concentrate, and has a lack of interest and withdrawal from regular social activities. Look for consistent patterns. If you notice that your child’s depression behaviors last more than two weeks, you will want to pay more attention to his or her behaviors.
  • There’s No Quintessential Face of Depression: We have a tendency to create stereotypes around certain mental illnesses. Many assume that teens who have depression are troublemakers, loners, nerds or artsy types. However depression does not discriminate and can affect all types of teens.
  • Comorbidity is Common: Teenagers rarely just struggle with depression alone. Anxiety can commonly occur with depression due to teens having for example a combination of academic pressures and attempts to balance school with sport and social events.
  • Teen Depression is Treatable: Many people think that depression is difficult to treat; however cognitive behavioral therapy can help. According to Dr. Strober, research has found that CBT “should be considered as treatment for mild to moderate depression.” Certain antidepressants have been shown to be effective in teen depression as well, although one should consult with a doctor when deciding on the most applicable treatment.



Jun 08, 2013
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Acupuncture Soothes Depression

A pioneering study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine shows that acupuncture may effectively reduce depression during pregnancy.

Up to 14 percent of pregnant women may have major depressive disorder, which causes them to feel dread, hopeless, and disinterested in normally pleasurable activities. Women who suffer from depression prior to pregnancy and no longer take their medication end up experiencing a relapse; however, depression could be caused by the pregnancy itself.

A 2007 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study showed that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy doubled between 1999 and 2003; although, many women avoid taking medication because of safety concerns. Over 90 percent of the depressed women involved in this study headed by Dr. Rachel Manber’s expressed reluctance to take antidepressants. Because of this concern, “it’s important to find an alternative”, said Manber.

There were 150 pregnant women recruited to participate in this study whose pregnancies were between 12 and 30 weeks gestation and who met the criteria for major depressive disorder. The women were randomized to receive one of three treatments:

1) Acupuncture specific for depression

2) Control acupuncture, during which needles were inserted in unknown points to help alleviate depressive symptoms

3) Massage

Each woman in the study were on therapy for eight weeks and were assessed for depression at the four- and eight-week marks by an interviewer who did not know the treatment each woman received.

The results showed that women who received the depression-specific acupuncture experienced a higher reduction in depression symptoms than the women in the other groups. “I don’t think that one-size-fits-all treatments are appropriate for everyone, but acupuncture should be considered as an option,” said Lyell.

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Apr 18, 2013
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