What are the symptoms of depression in men?

The symptoms of depression in men, which are similar to the symptoms of depression in women, include:
  • problems with sleep
  • loss of interest in normal activities
  • feelings of guilt
  • decreased energy levels
  • problems with concentration
  • changes in appetite
  • anxiety
  • thoughts of suicide
  • problems with sexual function
Men may be more willing to acknowledge fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work and hobbies, and sleep disturbances. Men are more likely than women to turn to alcohol or drugs when they are depressed.

The most common symptoms of depression for both men and women include:
  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning awakening, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

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