Depression is a medical condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. Depression may affect men and women at any stage of their lives, but the symptoms of depression in men differ from women in some characteristics, and sometimes it is difficult to identify them.

This article discusses the signs of depression in men, the difference between depressive symptoms in men and women, as well as the reasons why depression is not diagnosed in many men.

What are the symptoms of depression in men?

Symptoms of depression in men vary from person to person, and depression affects not only mental health, but also mental health, and even the health of the body. [1]

Here are the symptoms of depression in men:

Symptoms of mental depression in men

It affects the psychological state of men, causing bad mood. The way of expressing feelings in men is different from that of women. Women tend to grieve and cry, while men avoid showing their feelings ashamed of society; Which is reflected in his actions without realizing that it was caused by depression. [1]

Symptoms of depression in men include: [1]

  • The speed of anger and irritability on situations that do not call for it.
  • Excessive irritability and aggressiveness.
  • despair and frustration.
  • Feeling sad and empty.

Symptoms of mental depression in men

Depression affects the way a person thinks and affects his behavior and emotions. Mental symptoms of depression in men include: [2]

  • And remember.
  • The emergence of obsessive-compulsive thoughts.
  • The acceleration of thoughts.
  • Thinking of death or suicide.

Physical symptoms of depression in men

Although depression is classified as a mental disorder, it can appear in the form of physical symptoms, and it may even be the physical symptoms of depression that lead men to seek medical advice. [1]

Some of the physical symptoms of depression in men include: [1]

  • Feeling of tightness in the chest.
  • a headache.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as flatulence, diarrhea, and constipation.
  • Sporadic pain in the body, such as back pain, joints, and extremities.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • increased heart rate;
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Sleep disturbances appear either in the form of difficulty falling asleep or waking up several times and difficulty staying asleep.

Some of these symptoms may be due to depression’s effect on brain chemicals that control pain and mood, such as norepinephrine. [1]

Behavioral symptoms of depression in men

The psychological, mental, and physical impact of depressive symptoms in men may be reflected on their behavior and behavior, and the behavioral signs of depression are often the most obvious to the people around it. [2]

Examples of the most common behavioral symptoms of depression in men include: [2]

  • Feeling the weight of family responsibilities and work duties and the difficulty of performing them.
  • Tendency to isolate and avoid participating in social activities.
  • Engaging in risky activities, such as driving recklessly or playing dangerous sports.
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol or drug use.
  • attempt .

What is the difference between symptoms of depression in men from women?

Symptoms of depression in men differ from those in women in many characteristics, such as: [1] [3]

  • Expressing emotional feelings: Depressed men may hide or ignore emotional symptoms and psychological distress by indulging in stressful work, over-exercising, or using drugs, while women tend to be sad, crying and possibly talking about negative situations.

These differences in the symptoms of depression in men and women may be due to societal expectations of how men and women express their feelings. Society usually criticizes a man if he shows feelings of sadness or crying and this is a weakness that undermines his status and prestige.

  • Depression can lead to drug abuse in both men and women, but men are more likely to resort to drug abuse in the hope of overcoming their psychological and emotional problems and in an effort to hide their feelings, and tantrums associated with drug abuse are more characteristic and symptoms of depression in men than women.
  • Suicide: Men are more likely to die from suicide than women, despite the increase in suicide attempts in women; This is due to men’s use of lethal means of death, and the delay in diagnosing and treating depression in men plays a role.

Why is depression not diagnosed in many men?

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the incidence of depression in women is higher than in men, but it is likely that many cases of depression in men go undiagnosed. Because there is a combination of social and biological factors that make it difficult to notice and diagnose depression in men, these factors include: [1] [2]

  • Society and its culture view depression as a stigma, especially for men.
  • The influence of society in consolidating the idea that a man’s showing his feelings, his sadness, and his crying contradict and detract from manhood, and that crying is an attribute of women only.
  • The lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in men, so that the man quickly seeks medical help if he feels any of them.
  • Misunderstanding of depressive symptoms in men People often misinterpret common psychological or behavioral signs of depression in men, such as seeing anger as a personality trait rather than realizing that it may be a sign of depression.
  • Men complain of physical symptoms without addressing psychological symptoms; Which leads the doctor to a wrong diagnosis.
  • Men’s tendency to adapt and try to overcome feelings of engaging in work or exercise.