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 themselves||Blame others|
|Feel sad, apathetic, and worthless||Feel angry, irritable, and ego inflated|
|Feel anxious and scared||Feel suspicious and guarded|
|Avoid conflicts at all costs||Create conflicts|
|Feel slowed down and nervous||Feel restless and agitated|
|Have trouble setting boundaries||Need to feel in control at all costs|
|Find it easy to talk about self-doubt and despair||Find it “weak” to admit self-doubt or despair|
|Use food, friends, and “love” to self-medicate||Use 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.