All Posts Tagged: male depression

Postpartum Depression in Men

PPD in MenTraditionally seen as a condition that only affects women, researchers estimate that 4 to 25 percent of men experience postpartum depression (or PPD) in the first two months following childbirth1, and that number increases to 68% over the first five years in fathers around age 252. Younger fathers were more at risk of developing paternal PPD if they lived in the same home as their children.

The scope of paternal PPD is still being studied as initial research used diagnostic criteria for maternal PPD to examine paternal PPD and more accurate tools are still being developed to test and measure symptoms of PPD in men. Thankfully, the range of studies and research has increased in the past few years as scientists work to understand PPD better in both men and women.

Depression symptoms in fathers are often similar to those experienced by women affected by PPD (e.g., general depressive symptoms such as sadness, fatigue, appetite changes, feelings of worthlessness, and/or negative feelings or lack of concern for themselves or the baby) but PPD can often present quite differently in men. Sudden outbursts of anger or irritability, impulsiveness (e.g., drinking too much, overeating, pursuing an affair), and immersing themselves in work can all be signs of PPD. Many men characterize these feelings as experiencing a sudden loss of control of their lives, which can lead to erratic behavior not commonly associated with depression.

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From Patient To Mental Health Advocate: 5 Questions With Journalist Greg Harman

 

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Greg Harman had been living two completely separate lives; a successful Texas journalist and a struggling major depression patient researching the possibility of subjecting himself to an experimental treatment. Those lives never intertwined, until he decided to quit his job as an editor to join the clinical trials while documenting his experiences on a personal blog that has gathered a large following. Greg has now decided to make his illness public and not just to his friends, but to his many readers as well.

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When It Comes To Depression, Men and Women Experience It Differently

Men and women experience depression differentlyAlthough women are twice as likely as men to have depression, men are four times more likely to commit suicide. These statistics barely give you a glimpse of the complexity of depression depending on gender.

Depression through the eyes of men

Depression in men is harder to diagnose since they tend to mask them by overworking or other vices, such as alcohol, drugs, or smoking. Since men have greater problems expressing their emotions, their underlying depression often goes untreated for long periods of time with serious consequences such as a steep suicide rate.

The physical symptoms that often accompany depression are usually the most prominent signs that something is wrong. Men show an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger, but these symptoms are often disregarded as simply ‘a bad day at work’.  This mentality makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.. Psychologists, physicians, and loved ones should be on the lookout for the early signs of depression and hidden feelings or symptoms of depression.

 

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Overworking Can Be A Sign Of Depression In Men

Men, in particular, may be unlikely to admit to being depressed and even less likely to seek help. With about six million American men suffering from depression every year, according to the Mayo Clinic, it is important not to leave this sector of society aside and in the dark. Researchers and clinicians are coming to think that the traditional signs of depression (sadness, worthlessness, excessive guilt) may not represent many men’s experience of a depressive mood[1] and instead they could be showing an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger. Men are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as ways of self-medication and this makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.

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