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International Men’s Health Week: Exercise can help men fight back depression
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The society, in general, depicts men to be stoic who can take on all the hardships of life without being affected by it. The presence of any kind of mental disorder in men is considered a taboo by many which prevent many men from coming forward to seek help concerning their emotional problems.

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects both men and women. However, the manner in which they respond and exhibit their feelings is quite different. While depressed women tend to be more socially withdrawn and isolated, men when feeling grieved for prolonged periods tend to yell, show irritability or display unwarranted anger. In addition, some depressed men indulge in addictive substances like drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Depressed men often complain of persistent physical pain including backaches, frequent headaches, difficulties in sleep, sexual dysfunctioning or digestion problems, while others may engage in reckless or risky behavior.

To focus on the concerns and issues related to men’s health and well-being, the International Men’s Health Week is observed every year in June. This year, it is being observed from June 12-18 and should be utilized to raise awareness about mental health issues specific to men, on a global level and to stress upon the need to consider them seriously while designing any kind of health care practices at the federal level.

Why do some men suffer from depression?

It is not easy to pinpoint a single reason behind sudden bouts of depression among some males. A traumatic experience or a sudden change of events may trigger depression, while in other cases it may be due to the onset of sudden illness, diagnosis of some irremediable disease or the impact of some biological condition that had remained undetected earlier. Some risk factors for depression are:

  • Physical ailments
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress due to unemployment
  • Social isolation
  • Family break-ups, including divorce or separation
  • Post-partum depression after birth of a baby
  • Unrelenting dependence on alcohol, drugs or other illicit substances

Helping men with depression

Clinicians recommend a combination of medication and behavioral therapies to treat men with depression. While the effectiveness of such combinations differs from one patient to another, a recent study indicated how regular exercise can help men alleviate their depression levels. The May 2017 research, titled “Cardiorespiratory Fitness and All-Cause Mortality in Men With Emotional Distress,” showed the potential risk of death among emotionally distraught men with greater cardiorespiratory fitness.

Though there have been rapid improvements in the way mental illnesses are treated, burgeoning medical expenses owing to high costs of medicines forces one to look for inexpensive but effective methods of treating depression. The fact that physical activity has the power to reduce and heal depression makes it one of the most highly recommended methods for treating depression.

Children brought up by depressed parents have to face the brunt of emotional turmoil characteristic of the depressive disorder. Depressed fathers are volatile in their mannerisms and outlook, thus, affecting their children’s lives adversely. Considering the increasing prevalence of depression in American families and the disastrous effect it has on filial relationships, it is imperative that depressed men are encouraged to seek expert advice from health care providers.

Recovery from depression

Doctors recommend timely treatment for mental illnesses like depression to achieve complete recovery. As depressed people tend to abuse substances, it is necessary that clinicians screen their patients for comorbidity of both depression and addiction. Treating only one illness while ignoring the other increases the fear of relapse among such patients.

The Sovereign Health of El Paso, Texas, specializes in treating all kinds of co-occurring conditions. The dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas help in the quick recovery of patients availing necessary treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about residential dual diagnosis treatment centers in the U.S.

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