Depression is something that many men do not want to talk about. Many men see depression as a sign of weakness when it is actually a verifiable disease. We many never know how many men have committed suicide or suffered through years of alcoholism or drug abuse due to depression, but the fact remains that going through a stressful life experience is a well-known trigger for a depressive episode.
If you are going through a divorce, it is important for you and your children that you take care of yourself physically and mentally. Depression is a very real problem and it is important to get treatment right away if you suspect you may be suffering from this condition. The attorneys at the Men’s Legal Center encourage you to learn about depression and to visit your doctor if you feel you are exhibiting these symptoms.
Depression or Sadness?
It is perfectly normal to be sad when you are getting a divorce. After all, your whole life is changing and it will never be exactly the same again. However, there is a difference between understandable sadness and grief and clinical depression.
Knowing the symptoms may help you determine if you are simply grieving or suffering from depression. However, never make a medical diagnosis on yourself. If there is a chance you are depressed, go see your doctor immediately.
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details. If you are having trouble concentrating for more than a day or so, it could be a sign of depression.
- Difficulty making decisions. Some people are naturally more decisive than others but sometimes difficulty making decisions can be a sign of depression.
- Fatigue and decreased energy. Grief takes a physical toll, so it is normal to feel tired and to have no energy when you are sad. However, terrible energy loss, chronic fatigue and the inability to get out of bed are signs of a more serious problem.
- Feelings of guilt or helplessness. If you find yourself obsessing over what you did wrong, seek out someone to talk to. A psychologist can soon determine if what you are feeling is normal guilt or if it is a sign of the onset of depression.
- Feelings of hopelessness. If you are deeply pessimistic about the future, it could be a sign that depression is setting in.
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping. Oddly, both too much and too little sleep can be signs of depression.
- Irritability and restlessness. If you find yourself having little patience with others, it can be something to look into.
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies. If you simply do not feel like doing anything, depression could be the cause.
- Overeating or loss of appetite. Like sleep, eating too much or too little are both signs of depression.
- Persistent illnesses. If you are always sick to your stomach or have a headache, it could be one of depression’s symptoms.
- Persistent sad feelings. The key here is persistent. If you cannot shake your sad feelings, seek out someone to whom you can talk.
- Thoughts of suicide. If you have any thoughts of suicide, seek mental counseling immediately.
The Men’s Legal Center is here to help you through this difficult time.