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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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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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Subtle Signs of Bipolar Disorder

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Mood disorders can be hard to pinpoint in a person, particularly in people who suffer from bipolar disorder. It is common to chalk up a person’s behavior to moodiness, trouble at work, or their just being tired. Here are signs that mood problems may be due to more than just a quirky or difficult personality:

  • Great Mood: Bipolar disorder is characterized by up-and-down episodes of mania and depression. Hypomania, which is a symptom of the disorder, is a high energy state in which a person feels exuberant but hasn’t lost his or her grip on reality. A person’s mood can be elevated, high in energy and may experience euphoria. This is the “up” side of bipolar disorder, until it ends.
  • Inability to Complete Tasks: A house full of half-completed projects is a big sign of bipolar disorder. A person often goes from task to task, planning grand, unrealistic projects that are never finished before moving on to something else.
  • Depression: A person who is in a bipolar depressive state is going to look just like someone who has regular depression. They have the same problems with energy, sleep and focus.
  • Irritability: Some people with this condition suffer from mixed mania, where they experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time. During this state, they are often extremely irritable. Everyone has bad days, which is why this kind of bipolarity is much harder to recognize. We are all irritable or moody sometimes, but in people with bipolar disorder, it often becomes so severe that it interferes with their relationships.
  • Rapid Speech: Some people are naturally talkative, but “pressured speech” is one of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder. The person will talk rapidly and if you try to speak, they will likely just talk over you.
  • Erratic Behavior: When they are in the manic phase, a person can have an inflated self-esteem. They feel grandiose and don’t consider the consequences. Everything sounds good to them. Two of the most common types of behavior that can result from this are spending sprees and unusual sexual behavior.

If someone you know is displaying any one of these signs, it might not just be that they are moody or tired today. It just might be something more serious.



May 03, 2013
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A Clean House Helps Relieve Depression


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One of the key signs of depression is when you suspend taking care of your day-to-day chores, like cleaning your house. Depression leaves you feeling so down and tired that you end up just letting things go. Unfortunately, a messy house can add to those feelings of depression creating a destructive cycle that feeds on itself. Once the mess gets too large and chaotic, you might not be able to image how you are going to begin tackling the mess. You might be feeling hopeless and helpless against the clutter and dirt, which reinforces your depression. A recent study found that performing at least 20 minutes of daily physical activity, including domestic housework, benefited mental health and lowered risks of psychological problems. Don’t let depression force you to live in a messy house! Here are some ways that can help you cope and clean:

  • Break it up: Create a schedule so you are only cleaning one or two rooms every day instead of having to clean an entire house, which can seem like an enormous and daunting task.
  • Clean as you go: Sometimes keeping your house clean is as simple as not cluttering it up in the first place. Wash your dishes right after using them, rather than letting them sit in the sink, and store your tools once you have finished a project. By putting things away right after you have used them, you can prevent clutter from occurring in the first place or from getting even worse.
  • Don’t Procrastinate: When you have depression, it is easy to shrug off your chores and say you will do them later- fight that urge and live in the present! If you take care of things now, it will cut down on the time and effort needed to clean up after the fact.
  • Pay Attention to busy areas: If you are feeling particularly tired or depressed, focus on cleaning the rooms where you or your family spend most of your time. Spend your energy where it will do the most good.

You don’t have to resign yourself to a messy house while you deal with depression. By getting your home in order, you will also rid yourself of a source of stress and have a clean house.




Apr 17, 2013
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