Many of us will suffer from depression from time to time. Explore these symptoms of depression for men to see where it lands in your life. This post is to offer some in-site for you to take a look at your mental well-being.
You need to be your best self. If not for your sake, for your kids sake. Sometimes we as men need an outside sort of pressure to make certain changes. If we think of ourselves as the ultimate provider and protector for our kids it can be easier to look at ourselves a little more in depth.
My plan is to try to help anyone out there that needs help. Many men absolutely know they are depressed. The question I have is what are you doing about it? Are you just excepting it?
You wouldn’t let a stranger punch you in the face and get away with it. Why would you let your brain get punched on the inside over and over without retaliating?
Most of us men really don’t know if we are depressed or it’s just something that comes at certain times. This post will help us men with that question. We need to know where we are if we want to make a plan for where we want to be.
Being a single dad can make it a lot harder to express or control our own feelings at times. Sometimes you carry all of every burden alone.
I define depression as being sad. Always being in a bad mood or just not happy.
If you look up the definition it will horrify you. You will certainly say “That’s not me! I don’t have a serious mental illness”. At least, that’s what I thought.
In my opinion you don’t have to be diagnosed with depression to experience it. I feel like we could all benefit from controlling it before it becomes something worse.
Then, I began to wonder. Can just a little depression or being sad more than I am truly happy affect me in ways I don’t want? My first response was “Yes! I can’t get where I want to go in life if I’m not happy about the journey”.
Anyway, I think depression can raise his ugly, putrid head anytime and anywhere. From very mild to extremely wild.
Men and Their Feelings – or Lack of
We have been stereotyped as creatures that don’t express feelings. Of course, we don’t want to talk about them. At least, not with a person face to face. Something like that would obviously expose a weakness. That’s why we read posts like this because, we certainly do want to be our best selves. That’s one of the reasons we ignore the feelings.
I believe we can mostly figure them out on our own with the help of the silent partner such as the internet. I like to go for a walk in the woods with a dog named Hank.
Although, if you are closer to wild side of the scale of depression I encourage you to seek professional help. Don’t live your life in a pit.
Remember, we are the protectors and providers for our kids. And they are counting on us! We are their superheros and very proud of it.
Symptoms of Depression
- Loss of energy more that you used to.
- Trouble thinking or concentrating on easy things.
- Sleeping more than usual or trouble getting to sleep.
- Loss of drive to get exercise.
- Trouble making decisions.
- No interest in doing things you used to enjoy.
- Feeling sad.
- Not feeling as happy as you used to be.
- Eating way too much
- Not eating enough.
- Feeling helplessness
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide.
- Mentally beating yourself up frequently.
- Wierd aches and pains for no apparent reason.
- You don’t seem to feel pleasure.
- You feel worthless.
- You feel guilt.
- Short temper.
- Feeling of restlessness.
- You don’t feel like things can get better.
- Reckless behavior.
- Stopped talking to friends
- Drinking alcohol more than usual.
- Other substance abuse.
- No sense of humor.
- You are being abusive.
- Negative thinking.
Symptoms not Diagnosis
Before we go any further let me explain the list. This list is possible symptoms of depression. You could have a few of the symptoms here and there and not really be depressed. This is simply for your convince to shed some light on whether or not your are as happy as you can be.
There is no good reason to go through life unhappy all the time. It may be possible to tweak a few little things to get huge rewards. The only way to know for sure is to see what you can do.
I you are checking the box on a few or more of these then maybe you should explore a little further.
I suggest you take an online test. Talk to a friend you have had for a while or talk to a professional. There are many resources on line. If you would like me to do some research just ask.
Don’t leave it unchecked
Don’t look back on your life and wonder why you weren’t happier. The happier you are, the better tings will go for you. You will attract more positive things in your life. Focus on positive attraction, don’t let negativity poison your mind.
I’m willing to bet that there is someone in your life that believes that your happiness is important to them. That person is most likely very important to you.
One of two pains
I’ve heard it said before “In life we will suffer one of two pains, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret“.
Which one are you going to suffer? You will suffer one of them but the good news is you get to pick. Which one will have less pain in the end? I don’t know about you but, I have felt regret and she hurts real bad! I do not like her!
Resolve to have the discipline to exercise your mind. Don’t be afraid to get help where you need it. In school, we weren’t allowed to get help on a test but, in real life there is help everywhere for our tests in real life.