Chronic depression can drastically disconnect you from the things that matter to you the most.
Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
It’s normal to feel sad or depressed at some point in life, especially in reaction to loss, uncertainty or the weight of life's challenges. But when intense sadness, including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthlessness lasts more than a couple of weeks, it could be something more serious.
Depression and men
About 10% to 17% of men will develop major depression at some point in their lives.
The frequency, intensity and duration of symptoms experienced with depression can vary. For some men, depression is explicit and for others, it can simmer beneath the surface for years.
Men who are depressed may appear to be angry or aggressive instead of sad or hopeless. This creates difficulty recognizing, diagnosing and treating the experience of depression.
In men, depression may express itself in emotional or physical forms such as:
- Feel sad, hopeless or empty
- Physical agitation or lethargy
- Feeling worthless or excessively guilty
- Inability to think or concentrate
- Sleep problems
- A lack of pleasure or joy from activities usually enjoyed
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
- Physical aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Significant weight loss or gain, or appetite change
Men are also more inclined to adopt compensatory behaviors that serve as coping strategies for depression, such as:
- Withdrawing from family and friends or becoming isolated
- Inability to meet work, family or self-care responsibilities
- Controlling, violent or abusive behavior
- Irritability or inappropriate anger
- Risky behavior, such as reckless driving
- Alcohol or substance abuse to self-medicate for depression
The longer you endure the pain of depression, the more time it has to erode your most meaningful pursuits and relationships.
Fortunately, the right treatment can help you reconnect to your joy, improve your connections with friends and family and revitalize your sense of resiliency and overall vitality.
One of the most effective, evidenced-based clinical methods used to address depression is talk therapy (psychotherapy). Psychotherapy can incorporate clinical methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Lifestyle Transition Management (LTM), Mindfulness and Meditation practices, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and the adoption of medication treatment options.
Overcoming the pervasiveness of depression is absolutely doable. There is hope - even though you might be feeling hopeless.
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation today to learn more about how these clinical options can help you overcome your depression.
My depression controlled everything, and I had no clue. Therapy wasn’t a walk in the park, but I endured and now I’m more connected with my wife and children more than ever before. I’m no long that grumpy, angry man. P.K.
I honestly didn’t know that I had been struggling with depression for decades. I wasn’t aware that life could be different. What a monumental shift. I’m present in life now. Thanks Simon. I have my life back. A.J.
I was racked with doubt and guilt for years. I didn’t believe in myself, nor did I look forward to anything. Thanks to therapy, and Simon’s help, my heart is bursting with the possibilities of things to come. Just make that leap of faith! C.A.
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