Symptoms of depression are not always black and white, especially when it comes to men. Men generally carry the burden of being ‘tough’ and keeping their emotions under control all the time. This is the major reason why they find it hard to admit when they are overwhelmed with helplessness, sadness or despair.
As a result many men are diagnosed with depression throughout their lives.
Depression is not a sign of weakness or failure. In fact, it’s a treatable condition affecting millions of people. Clinical depression usually triggers sorrow and lack of interest for hobbies or work.
But, there are other, subtler, ways in which clinical depression is manifested. These are some of the hidden symptoms of depression.
Many emotions fall into this category including sensitiveness, irritability, loss of sense of humor, random bursts of anger over nothing, negative thinking, verbal and physical assault of others etc.
Men generally experience sadness through irritability and negative thinking. It means they have short temper and easily burst out.
#2 Impulsive behavior
Spur-of-the-moment behavior is another unexpected symptom of depression in men. Depressive men can suddenly show interest in extreme sports, alcohol, narcotics, reckless driving, or unprotected sex.
#3 Physical pain
Depression can also cause physical pain including indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach ache, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, excessive sleepiness and chronic headache.
Chronic pain and indigestion go pain in pain with depression.
Stress can be both the trigger and result of a depression. Men typically ascribe depression to stress because it’s a socially acceptable way to say what’s wrong with them. On the other hand, sadness, despair and negative thinking can often lead to stress as a person can’t face the fact that they can’t deal with their emotions.
#5 Loss of libido
Depressive men are often disinterested in sex. They often take risks into trying new things in order to turn their thoughts away from the pain and suffering.
Often, depressive people feel self-contempt, meaning they find it hard to accept their own mistakes. In extreme cases, they can even hurt themselves.
Never ignore what your loved ones are trying to tell you about how they feel because symptoms can vary in type and intensity from one person to another.