Workaholism, rage, risk-taking, substance abuse—these are symptoms of depression for men. Notice that one of the key differences between men and women is that men’s symptoms are outward, whereas women tend to internalize them.
This new data puts men at about an equal risk for depression as women. It better reflects why men’s suicide rate is so high (something that was much harder to explain when we thought their depression rate was so low!).
Other symptoms of depression include sadness, hopelessness, loss of value (in yourself, in cherished activities), anxiety, and insomnia and other sleep problems.
Multiple lines of attack are needed to fight depression. First, build a regimen. It’s hard to motivate yourself when you’re feeling down, so make a list, and force yourself through it: eat a healthy breakfast, exercise, and set a goal for the day. Since men are already prone to workaholism, make it a personal goal. Spend time with a loved one, dedicate an hour to a relaxing hobby, whatever. No matter how much of that you get done, praise yourself for it, and do it again the next day.
Any male readers ever faced these symptoms of depression?