Depression is a complex medical condition not to be taken lightly. Read on to learn how to recognize symptoms of depression and get help for yourself or loved ones.
Movember is a time to bring awareness to men’s health, including mental health conditions like depression. Depression is not a temporary feeling of sadness or weakness, it’s a true medical condition that has many emotional, physical and behavioral symptoms. Over 6 million men suffer from depression each year, and most of these cases go undiagnosed. This is likely due to social pressure, stigmatism or ignoring symptoms. Despite any reservations you may have to talk about your feelings, it’s one of the most important conversations you can have. Learning the signs or symptoms of depression can help you or your loved one take the first step in managing depression.
Depression is a complex condition and can include numerous symptoms, such as:
- Sleep complications –whether it be less sleep or too much sleep
- Loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Changes in behavior
- Taking more physical risks than normal
Depression symptoms are unique to each individual and affect everyone differently. If you experience any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, make an appointment with your doctor. To speak with someone immediately, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK), or the Lifeline Crisis Chat at crisischat.org. For additional information on depression in men, visit headsupguys.org.