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Depression

Depression takes an enormous toll on many men and their families. It is often difficult to treat, hard to cope with and impacts on whole communities. Its recognition as an illness is increasing and there are programs that are working to reduce the stigma of this illness. These resources outline some of the programs available that offer services information on male depression and how services can create better programs for male depression.

Gender Differences in Male Depression and Suicide Risk

Suicide is the leading cause of violent death in the United States with the rates being significantly higher among males. Gender differences in the presentation of depression may lead to an underrecognition of depression and thus suicide risk among males. The present study investigated whether a measure of male depression symptoms was associated with suicide risk and whether this relationship was moderated by gender. Participants were 944 community-dwelling adults from the United States recruited from Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Male depression symptoms were measured by the Male Depression Risk Scale. Suicide risk was measured by the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised. Males had higher levels of male depression than females, but similar levels of conventional depression symptomology. Male depression was significantly associated with suicide risk independent of conventional depression symptoms. Gender moderated this relationship, with suicide risk being greater for females with high levels of male depression symptoms. The types of male depression symptoms conveying the greatest risk were emotional suppression, alcohol use (in females only), somatic symptoms, and risk-taking behaviors. Assessing for and addressing symptoms of male depression in treatment may help to reduce suicide risk among both males and females. Read the full article here.

"Ruifeng Cui and Amy Fiske.Violence and Gender.ahead of printhttp://doi.org/10.1089/vio.2020.0087http://doi.org/10.1089/vio.2020.0087

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Main Causes Anxiety and Depression in Men

What Are the Main Causes Anxiety and Depression in Men: Secrets You Need to Know?

Anxiety anddepression are the main causes of disturbed health in man. In general, men tend to put off getting any kind of support. Whether it be mental or physical. However, it is important to know the fact that men need emotional support as well. There can be many reasons for their disturbed health. It can be anxiety, depression, physical stress or anything else. It is essential to monitor their health and find the causes. Moreover, it is even hard for men to acknowledge that they need such support. One must seek early treatment and help for such mental health issues. For instance, if someone is suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) he should get an adult ADD test so that timely treatment can be observed. 

If you want to know the causes of anxiety and depression in men, make sure that you read the following article till the end to find out. 

CAUSES OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN MEN:

Men are less likely to experience anxiety and depression. They are also less likely to talk about it. Thus, we have listed some of the main causes of depression and anxiety in men all around the world. 

  • STRESS AT WORK

Usually, men face depression due to office work. It can be because of the rude boss, overburden of work or irresponsible colleagues. Due to stress of work, many men experience hard times in their personal life apart from the work. In addition to this, it can lead to various disorders in future. This is one of the leading causes of depression in men. It can affect the mental health of a person severely. 

  • SIDE EFFECT OF MEDICATION

Depression and anxiety can be the result of a side effect of a certain drug. It can be due to the adverse reaction that can cause certain effects in the body. A certain medicine might not be fit to use for everyone. The metabolism and action of the drug might vary from person to person. One medicine that suits one person might not suit another. Therefore, consult a physician before using any drug. 

  • STRESS DUE TO PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP

Another reason for anxiety and depression is stress due to personal relationship. It can be due to a toxic relationship, hard marriage, divorce or loss of the partner etc. Stress in a personal relationship can cause serious damage to the mind and body. You cannot concentrate on anything if you have lost our loved one. Healing takes time. Thus, it can be time taking but worthy too. 

  • SYMPTOM OF MEDICAL ILLNESS

Have you started experiencing weird symptoms in your body? Do you feel something strange about your body? Have you started experiencing depression from a few days? If so, you need to consult a doctor. It might be due to the result of an underlying problem. It can be a stroke, heart disease, hypoglycemia, emphysema, panic disorder etc. if left untreated, it can lead to serious disorders. Underlying allergies or embolism in arteries might also lead to this condition. Book your appointment with a doctor to see the exact cause. 

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

Early childhood trauma is another reason why men experience depression. Some events in your life last a life-long effect on your mind and body. Traumas such as abusive parents, toxic relationship with someone, losing a dear one or divorced parents are very common. These have led to a non-defined personality of individuals among various age groups. Sometimes, it is not curable and the patient experiences depression for the long term. 

  • GENETIC DISORDER

Depression and anxiety can be due to family history. If you have a history of depression and anxiety in your family, you are more risk of getting this disorder. It is genetically proven that those who have a higher rate of family history of this disorder, are at higher risk. To prevent or stop this, you can take antidepressants but they have their adverse effects. 

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Anxiety and depression both are interlinked. The main cause can be different varying from person to person. However, it can be treated and prevented by various means. Through a healthy diet and proper exercise regime, you can have a better mental status. Regular exercise helps you release the hormones that make your mind and body calm and happy. Low self-esteem and being self-critical is another cause of depression. Start loving yourself. Appreciate your achievements and work harder to achieve more. Many factors can influence depression and anxiety. Surround yourself with positive vibes and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Consult a psychologist for more severe cases. Moreover, learn to say no to things that you cannot possibly do. 

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