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These Sure Signs from a Psychologist Tells You how Depression in Men Looks Like

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A recent conversation with my husband sparked me to write this piece on depression in men. We had talked about the recent suicide of Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington. I recall telling him that there were specific symptoms that were prevalent in men with depression, which often go unrecognized! So this short piece is to give a very brief overview about depression in men.

Depression is a multifaceted condition characterized by deep sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Half of those do not receive treatment, due to stigma and lack of awareness.

There is a perception that men should be strong and in control of their emotions. The fact is men and women get depressed! Symptoms used to diagnose depression are similar regardless of gender. However, men tend to be less adept at recognising symptoms of depression than women.

The reasons why the symptoms of depression in men are not commonly recognised is that men are more likely to deny these types of feelings or try to mask or hide them with other behaviours. They are more likely to experience “stealth” depression symptoms, which can be represented as:

1.   Mood fluctuations – feeling aggressive, hostile or irritable

2.   Reckless behaviour –pick a fight, drive dangerously, drink and drive or gambling

3.   Alcohol or drug abuse

4.   Isolation

5.   Decreased sex drive

6.   Physical complaints such as back ache, stomachache, gastric problems, fatigue or loss of appetite

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7.   Escapist Behaviour, such as spending a lot of time at work

8.   Irritability or inappropriate anger

It is important to note that the above is not set in stone, as depression affects people in different ways, which means that particular symptoms are unique to the individual.

Depression does not come out of the blue! It can slowly creep up before the above symptoms are noticeable. Some of the triggers to depression can be due to:

1.   Stress at work or home

2.   Relationship problems

3.   Health problems

4.   Family responsibilities

5.   Financial problems

6.   Retirement and loss of independence

7.   Death of a loved one

Depression in men may cause them to keep their feelings hidden, which is why it can go unrecognised in the early stages. Men tend to put off getting any kind of help because they may think they need to be tough!

Depression untreated can be catastrophic. Men show fewer warning signs, such as talking about suicide. Although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men suffering from depression are four times more likely to die if they attempt suicide. This is because they tend to choose more lethal methods and may act more impulsively on suicidal thoughts.

Depression in both men and women can be treated successfully with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

Depression is a serious and common condition, which unfortunately won’t get better by itself. If you or someone close to you is going through depression, it is important that you seek help and support. Talk with your doctor, mental health professional or someone you trust who can support you to seek appropriate help!

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Some additional tips:

1.   Eat healthily; avoid sugar and refined foods, as well as caffeine. Eat fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens; these can boost your B Vitamins, as a deficiency in this vitamin can trigger depression.

2.   Engage in social activates as this will help to avoid further isolations.

3.   Engage in physical exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Take a walk, lift some weights or go for a run!

I know it can be hard to ask for help, but without the appropriate treatment, depression is unlikely to go away, and possibly could get worse. Please do not suffer in silence! No matter how dark your days may feel, there is a way out of it!

A sign of strength is when you ask for help when you need it.

Dr Funke Baffour is a Clinical Psychologist and Nutritionist. Her recent book, Improving your Thinking: A 10 Step Guide helps individuals to adopt healthier ways to deal with unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. Available on Amazon

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Music: Joey B – Nsa (Prod. by NshonaMuzik)

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Joey B returns with this brand new jam he calls Nsa and this is officialy his first single of the year. You already know what to expect when its Joey B,its nothing but flames. this beautiful piece was produced by NshonaMuzik. check it out below

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We are all not like you – Ghanaian female celebs tell Moesha after CNN interview

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Ghanaian female celebrities have come ‘very hard’ at Moesha Boduong for comments she made in an interview with CNN’s Christian Amanpour.

Moesha Boduong had said in an interview on CNN that because of Ghana’s economy, women in Ghana have to sleep with either married or single men to make ends meet.

After this rather unfortunate comment, some female celebrities have also expressed their concern regarding this comment. Some of them have shared disappointing views on what they describe as an unfortunate comment from the social media celebrity.

See some of the views from the celebrities:

Dear @camanpour Our economy in Ghana is so very bad..yes some landlords demand thousands of dollars as an advance payment of rent, But dating someones hubby is not a career,sleeping with a man in exchange for anything is prostituition… We have young ghanaian women like myself doing wonderfully well,working very hard,giving our family the best,building homes for orphans,putting some street kids back to school,Farming to feed orphans without sleeping with people's husband… We have young ghanaian women that can buy themselves a house as a birthday gift,purchase a bmw X6(2016 model) as a 2015 christmas gift..travel anytime we want,buy ourselves the most expensive jewellery without having to sleep with anything Our economy is not good but we work our ass off.. WE CUT OUR COAT ACCORDING TO OUR FABRIC,we dont live for social media likes…we dont pretend to be who we are not in order to belong.. We study to improve us… Dating married men becos of bad economy will be the most useless statement ever made.. Hey Mo mo,what the fuck are u saying…so now our president should go and date a "married man" for our economy to be good?? @camanpour..You should have asked her if the married man is above the economy… For christ sake not every ghanaian woman is that lazy….and the young woman working on ur nails Christiana is a typical example. Good day. #onyamekala #cnn #cnnafrica #Christianamanpour #christianamanpour #PoliticalPolice #news#ghanaianwomenarenotlazy #CNN Mua @minalyntouch

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Sister Deborah goes ‘naked’ on social media in new photos

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Artiste and sister of Wanlov, Sister Deborah has set the internet on fire with her African themed nude photos.

The “Uncle obama” hitmaker shared the photos on the internet and the internet is buzzing with comments and have shown love for the beauty she exudes.

The artiste who is known for her love for nudity’s photo however, does not come as a shock to many because this is not the first time she is engaged in nudity.

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