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Why Do I Feel Depressed? Depression is commonly cause by internalising our stress or disappointment, instead of externalising it as frustration or anger. It can be caused by:
A genetic pre-disposition (family history)
Pressure to perform at work
Low nutrient diet causing a lack of hormones: Gaba, Dopamine and Serotonin
A delayed reaction to trauma and childhood issues
Unexpressed emotions and fears
Low self-esteem (childhood issues)
Confusion about the role of men in society today: Husbands/ partners/ fathers
Stress (work/ life unbalance)
Not enough exercise to offset stress
Worry about financial problems
Conflicts with people
A side-effect of medication
A combination of biology and environment
Macho Role Models Imagine holding in emotions for a lifetime! Old fashioned ideals of manhood have done enormous damage on the male psyche. Previous generations were encouraged to self-regulate, not to show vulnerability, express themselves or show any weakness. This old fashioned conditioning caused emotional confinement and manifested outwards as various types of aggression, such as rigid social norms, acceptance of aggressive macho role models, bullying, projected anger, gun culture and chauvinism.
Negative thinking Men may acknowledge feeling frustrated or apathetic, rather than saying they feel sad, vulnerable, powerless, ashamed or insecure. And whilst everyone feels ‘down' occasionally, if you've been moody, angry, unable to sleep, or concentrate, for more than a couple of weeks, it could be depression. Anger is a common symptom of depression.
The Most Common Methods Used for Depression Cognitive Therapy: At the heart of cognitive therapy is the idea that our thoughts can affect our emotions. For example, if we choose to look for the silver lining in every experience, we will be more likely to feel good than if we only focus on the negative. Cognitive therapy helps patients to learn to identify common patterns of negative thinking, called cognitive distortions and to turn those negative thought patterns into more positive ones, thus improving the patient's mood.
Medication: Anti-depressants such as serotonin boosters (SSRI's) may be beneficial.
Examining the Changing Roles of Men in Society: Counselling: By discussing with clients the methods used to condition young boys in gender roles, clients can see that with shared parenting and both sexes in the work place, modern times call for new skills and more acceptance of fluid gender roles. Not all men are straight either. Gay and transexuals have their place in society and can decide how they define their own normative behaviour.
Holistic Approach: Diet, Exercise, Social Interaction, Medication, Education/ Counselling combined.
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