I started writing a blog on “Beautiful Men” (and when I say “beautiful” I mean more inside than out) and, somehow along the way, I came across this article on WebMD about men and depression. I’ve never even really consider that men get depressed. Depression does tend to lend itself to being more of a “woman’s disease” and, well… I learned something today and thought I should share the information in case others might be interested.
So, this is for all the beautiful boys out there – and all the girls who love them. Even if you don’t suffer from depression, you may want to be aware of the symptoms that pertain to men. At the very least, it was a learning moment for me – and quite interesting.
I’ve copied a part of the article here on my blog – but the rest can be found at:
Depression in Men
While clinical depression was once considered a “woman’s disease,” more than 6 million men in the U.S. have at least one episode of major depression each year. Unfortunately, the lingering image of depression as a female condition may keep men who are clinically depressed from recognizing the symptoms of depression and seeking treatment.
Depression actually affects both sexes. It disrupts relationships and interferes with work and daily activities. The symptoms of depression in men are similar to the symptoms of depression in women. But men tend to express those symptoms differently. The most common symptoms of depression include low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, apathy, and sexual problems, including reduced sex drive. In women, depression may cause them to feel sad and emotional. Depression in men, on the other hand, may cause them to be irritable, aggressive, or hostile.
Why is depression in men commonly not recognized?
There are several reasons why the symptoms of clinical depression in men are not commonly recognized. For example, men tend to deny having problems because they are supposed to “be strong.” And American culture suggests that expressing emotion is largely a feminine trait. As a result, men who are depressed are more likely to talk about the physical symptoms of their depression — such as feeling tired — rather than symptoms related to emotions.
Does depression in men affect sexual desire and performance?
Yes. Depression in men can affect sexual desire and performance. Unfortunately, some antidepressants, like SSRIs, can do the same. Men often are unwilling to admit to problems with their sexuality. Many mistakenly feel that the problems are related to their manhood, when, in fact, they are caused by a medical problem such as clinical depression.
To read the rest of this interesting article please go directly to the WebMD site:
PS. I’ll post the “Beautiful Men” blog next week… promise! Happy & Safe Fourth everyone!
Peace, love and all that good stuff!