- Recognizing signs of depression in men can be especially important because men are less likely to seek medical treatment for the condition.
- Common signs to look out for include aggression, irritability, heart issues, aches and pain, unexplained weight changes, digestive problems, social withdrawal, reckless behaviors, and fatigue.
- If you or a loved one is displaying signs of depression, talk to a medical professional.
Depression can strike almost anyone at any age, including children. But the mental illness can look different in different people, and has certain markers in male patients that can include increased aggression.
Recognizing signs of depression in men can be especially important, as Medical News Today says that men are less likely to seek medical treatment for the condition — while sometimes turning to other unhealthy coping strategies. Read on to learn more about telltale symptoms of depression in men.
Aggression and Irritability
Medical News Today notes while sadness is a common sign among men and women, some men do not feel comfortable expressing this emotion for fear of criticism. For that reason, men can instead lash out as an early sign that there’s a problem.
That can include feeling angry, easily frustrated, or irritated, adds the source. It can also present as increased aggression, it adds. If you’re feeling more easily agitated lately or a loved one is acting out, then it could be a sign there’s depression creeping in.