Coping with and Managing Depression

Recurrent dreams are one of the characteristics of PTSD. Oftentimes we associate this with those that have served in the military. Generally, service in the military includes horrendous acts of violence which have a negative impact and is easily detected as PTSD. More and more doctors are coming to understand traumatizing incidents as well as depression comes in many forms. This understanding is a step in the right direction towards freedom in this area.

Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jaelline Jaffe, Ph.D. in Depression in Women, says there is a difference between male and female depression:


 Women with depression tend to:Men with depression tend to:
Blame themselvesBlame others
Feel sad, apathetic, and worthlessFeel angry, irritable, and ego inflated
Feel anxious and scaredFeel suspicious and guarded
Avoid conflicts at all costsCreate conflicts


Feel slowed down and nervousFeel restless and agitated
Have trouble setting boundariesNeed to feel in control at all costs
Find it easy to talk about self-doubt and despairFind it “weak” to admit self-doubt or despair
Use food, friends, and “love” to self-medicateUse alcohol, TV, sports, and sex to self medicate

Adapted from: Male Menopause by Jed Diamond

The one thing we learn from this chart and other news headlines is depression does not discriminate; it affects men and women as well as the rich and the poor.

  1. Regarding the issue of depression rates amongst men and women I think there is a growing belief that the rates are much closer than previously thought. The symptoms are not always the same so that makes diagnosis more difficult and men often find it harder to ask for help.

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