Date of publication: 2017-08-25 05:39
Therapy. You may feel that talking to a stranger about your problems is &lsquo unmanly,&rsquo or that therapy carries with it a victim status. However, if therapy is available to you, it can often bring a swift sense of relief, even to the most skeptical male.
All you need to do is take that first step and reach out. See: Are You Feeling Suicidal? How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings and Overcome the Pain.
There are different types of depressive disorders, and while there are many similarities among them, each depressive disorder has its own unique set of symptoms.
Men tend to be less adept at recognizing symptoms of depression than women. A man is more likely to deny his feelings, hide them from himself and others, or try to mask them with other behaviors. And while men may experience classic symptoms such as depressed mood, loss of interest in work or hobbies, weight and sleep disturbances, fatigue, and concentration problems, they are more likely than women to experience &ldquo stealth&rdquo depression symptoms such as irritability, substance abuse, and agitation.
Read more information about depression from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Read more information about depression from the World Health Organization
It may seem like there&rsquo s no way your parents will be able to help, especially if they are always nagging you or getting angry about your behavior. The truth is, parents hate to see their kids hurting. They may feel frustrated because they don&rsquo t understand what is going on with you or know how to help.
Making healthy lifestyle choices can do wonders for your mood. Things like eating right, getting regular exercise, and being smart about alcohol and drugs have been shown to make a huge difference when it comes to depression.
In the spirit of that honesty, let me say that I 8767 ve been really struggling for the last few weeks, and it 8767 s made me feel more in touch with the exasperating efforts of so many of you to stay sane. Sometimes the act of getting up in the morning (if you can sleep, that is) and putting on your shoes, trying to tackle another day when you feel so defeated, and so completely dead to the world, is the most beautiful act of courage there is. Sometimes the agreement to hang around for another day on this earth despite the raw pain inside is a warrior’s act of bravery and integrity.