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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 Yoga Poses that Combat Depression

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For Monique Minahan, depression was a chronic disease. She took antidepressants of varying kinds for many years and attempted talk therapy, but these approaches never worked. This is when she turned to yoga. It was only when she began practicing this ancient Indian practice that she started to see and feel concrete shifts in her mental patterns, emotions, and internal state of being.

Yoga’s unique mind-body approach is being used more and more to reduce stress in cases of PTSD, depression, and to enhance overall well-being.

The following three studies provide some insight into the benefits of yoga for depression and anxiety:
• One study reported an increased level of neurotransmitters in the brain that inhibit nerve transmission to the brain, resulting in a calming and quieting of the mind.
• In another study of women suffering from mental distress, the women showed significant improvements on stress and psychological outcomes after a 3-month yoga class.
• In the last study, 13 psych inpatients were studied to determine the effects of yoga on the mood. Participants reported significant improvements in tension-anxiety, depression-dejection, anger-hostility, fatigue-inertia, and confusion-bewilderment.

Yoga asana can be a powerful practice for depression or anxiety, and a key component of this is the breath. The breathing in yoga, calms our stress response system and helps to calm. Here are five poses that can specifically help with depression:

• Forward fold (Uttanasana). In “Light on Yoga”, the writers says “Any depression felt in the mind is removed if one holds the pose for two minutes or more.”
• Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirasana). This seated forward fold is calming for the mind, stretches the hamstrings and groin, and stimulates the liver and kidneys.
• Cobra (Bhujangasana). This backbend can be done in stages. It expands the chest and gives elasticity to the lungs.
• Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana). Bridge is a backbend that opens the chest and stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid.
• Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana). Inversions literally turn your world upside down and give your brain cells a fresh supply of blood. Attention and presence are essential in this pose, and thus, a great way to pause your thoughts and renew your perspective.

Yoga isn’t the only way to help with depression, but give it a try to see if this method works for you.


Aug 29, 2013
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