Depression impacts 1 in 4 Americans at some point in their lifetime. It is a debilitating illness that often goes untreated, especially in men. The illness responds well to treatment and 80% of people who seek treatment experience remission of symptoms. The most effective treatment for depression is the combination of medication and therapy.
Depression can have various symptoms and severity, and is a result of chemical imbalance in the brain. It can be a familial disease (being more prevalent in persons with a first degree relative with depression), and most certainly impacts those who live with the depressive person. Depression can become so debilitating that it prevents a person from working and functioning in society. A small percentage of persons with depression also experience suicidal thoughts, wanting to escape the emotional pain or numbness that is the hallmark of depression.
Living with untreated depression diminishes quality of life and impairs maintenance of healthy relationships. Symptoms most common to depression are:
- Sleep disturbance
- Sadness, tearfulness
- Change in appetite
- Loss of libido
- Aches and pains
- Loss of motivation and goal-directed activity
- Loss of enjoyment resulting in limited activities
- Inability to express emotions
- Self-medication with alcohol or drugs
- Seeking excitement/escape through sex, gambling, spending, internet or affairs
If you have several of these symptoms, you may be experiencing depression and may benefit from a thorough assessment and pharmacological treatment combined with therapy. The Men’s Center can provide assessment and therapy, including a referral for a medication evaluation with a psychiatrist.
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