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Depression is the most highly occurring mental health problem faced by millions of people all over the world. Men who suffer from depression display similar but different signs than women. These 7 signs of depression explain.

Like a Sloth

Being tired all the time is common characterization of depression. Research shows that men have a high frequency of reporting fatigue in diagnoses of depression than women do. Fatigue can involve a sloth like effect, in addition to overall exhaustion. Men will move, speak and feel like they think in a very slow-motion way. Feeling unable to ‘speed up the tape’ or function any more quickly is also common.

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

Fatigue and sleep problems are good acquaintances. Doctors report that men list sleep problems as often as feelings of fatigue. Sleeping too much or sleeping too little is problematic because the body’s circadian rhythms have been disturbed by depression.


Men are less likely to acknowledge the severity of physical discomfort. Depression causes pain to seem more acute. Digestive issues are also an uncomfortable sign of depression. Constipation and diarrhea can come with depression.

On the Edge

Men have a higher tendency toward the aggressive side of depression compared to women. Feeling irritable as opposed to simply numb is a sign of emotional distress. When triggered by discussions about emotions, men become markedly irritated. Men suffering depression seem to be irritated by everything, even their own thoughts. Negative thinking and upsetting thoughts are more irritating to men then they are frightening to women. Men are also more likely to react to their depressed condition through anger and hostility. Needing to exercise dominance and control, men will escalate in anger and aggression.

Clouded Concentration

Having a constant stream of negative thoughts taking over the mind makes it difficult for men to concentrate in other places. As if each thought were a weight attaching itself to everyday functions, men are slowed down in their ability to concentrate and be productive. Decision making is also impaired by depression. Men who are the usual shot-callers will find trouble coming to conclusions or making informed choices.

Drugs and Alcohol

Instead of seeking outside care for depression, men are more likely to turn to substance abuse as a form of self-medication. Hiding their emotions and feeling powerful by their ability to manage it themselves, men will quickly choose a substance over a visit to the doctor.

Problems in Bed

Erectile dysfunction and decrease in sexual mood are signs of depression unique to men. Men take these issues seriously as commentary on their manhood. Issues engaging in sexual activity can make depression worse, which will make the problem of sex worsen as well.


Suicide is also a high risk symptom of depression in men. If you are concerned that you may be at risk for taking your own life please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at

Sound Recovery Solutions offers intensive outpatient treatment programs for substance abuse, depression, and mental health. We meet our struggling men with patience, care, and compassion. Through life skills building and evidence based therapeutic models, our program teaches men how to live their lives again. For more information call us today at 561-666-7427.

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