Divorce & Depression in Men

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    Causes

    • According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of causes for depression including: chemical imbalances in the brain, inherited traits, childhood trauma and traumatic life events. While certain risk factors like chemical imbalances can be genetic, many people will not know they are susceptible to depression until their first depressive episode. Divorce can trigger depression in people who have an innate susceptibility.

    Symptoms

    • After a divorce, it is natural to feel sadness and a sense of loss, but when those feelings don't dissipate over time or start interfering with everyday activities, they could be a sign of depression, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Symptoms of depression in men include: violence, anger, weight loss, frustration, risk taking, isolation, fatigue, chronic pain, sleep issues, suicidal thoughts, alcohol or substance abuse, and avoidance of pleasurable activities.

    Women vs. Men

    • The statistics show that women are more prone to depression than men, but the statistics could be wrong, according to SurvivingDepression.net. Male depression often goes undiagnosed because male sufferers are, for reasons not entirely understood, less likely to seek help. Culturally, men are expected to show less emotion. This puts pressure on them to keep quiet when they begin to suffer from the symptoms of depression.

    Late Treatment

    • Since men tend to seek treatment later, they are often in worse shape when they do. Many men seek treatment after they have already developed a dependence on drugs or alcohol, so their treatment must include detoxification and rehabilitation for their addictions. The risk of suicide is also very high for men, both because they wait longer to seek treatment and because they are less likely to share their feelings with friends or family, according to SurvivingDepression.net.

    Medications

    • According to Medical Net, new research suggests that depression in men could correlate with a different neurotransmitter deficiency than depression in women. Traditionally, SSRI medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have worked better in women than in men. The new research suggests medications that target neurotransmitters other than serotonin show better results in men.

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