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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Differences Between Male and Female Depression

Both men and women get depression. But men experience depression very differently. The following grid outlines some of the differences!
Differences Between Male and Female Depression

Women with depression:
Blame themselves
Feel sad, apathetic and worthless
Feel anxious and scared
Avoid conflicts at all costs
Always try to be “nice”
Withdraw when feeling hurt
Have trouble with self-respect
Feel they were born to fail
Feel lethargic
Can be a chronic procrastinator
Sleep too much
Have trouble setting boundaries
Feel guilty for what they do
Feel uncomfortable receiving praise
Find it easy to talk about weaknesses and doubts
Have strong fear of success
Need to "blend in" to feel safe
Use food, friends and "love" to self-medicate
Believe problems could be solved only if they could be a better spouse, co-worker, parent, friend
Constantly wonder, "Am I lovable enough?"
Men with depression:
Feel others are to blame
Feel angry, irritable and ego-inflated
Feel suspicious and guarded
Create conflicts
May act overtly or covertly hostile
Attack when feeling hurt
Demand respect from others
Feel the world set them up to fail
Feel restless and agitated
Can be a compulsive time-keeper
Sleep too little
Must be in control at all costs
Feel ashamed for who they are
Feel frustrated if not praised enough
Feel terrified to talk about weaknesses and doubts
Have strong fear of failure
Need to be "top dog" to feel safe
Use alcohol, TV, sports and sex to self-medicate
Believe problems could be solved only if their spouse, co-worker, parent, friend would treat them better
Constantly wonder, "Am I being loved enough?"