Frames that affect people’s mental health have increased in recent years, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite being a disease normally associated with the younger population, according to the National Health Survey carried out in 2019 by the IBGE, about 13% of people between 60 and 64 years old suffer from depression in Brazil.
Among patients, the majority of those seeking care are women. However, despite being reluctant to ask for help, men also suffer (a lot) from the disease. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on your father to identify the first signs of depression and start treatment as soon as possible.
“The rates of depression, suicide and addictions of the most varied types among men are high. However, the search for professionals does not correspond to the reality of the cases. The search for psychologists and psychiatrists among them is still treated as taboo”, says psychologist Monica Morato.
The denial of the condition can have serious consequences for the patient and for the entire family life. Offering help to those who need it is essential, but it is important to emphasize that follow-up by a health professional is essential for the treatment to be successful.
“It is natural that some of these signs appear throughout the life of any of us, but if they appear together, constantly and for no apparent reason, it may be that the person needs professional psychological evaluation and support”, pointed out the psychologist.
Here are some signs that can indicate depression in men:
Is your father reacting disproportionately to what happens at home? Do you get very nervous or frustrated quickly depending on the situation? This can be a sign of depression.
Abusive use of alcohol and drugs
Tool of escapism from reality, excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs is indicative of depression. If not treated at the first symptoms, the person can develop even more complicated paintings.
Has your father stopped doing activities that he liked? Don’t you show enthusiasm to go out, take family outings and prefer to stay at home? Do you abandon activities or tasks that were once routine? This is another item that may indicate depression in the patient.
The feeling of sadness is another key sign to see if the person is depressed or not. Often, behavior in public can be normal, but if in everyday life the person is showing constant sadness, the warning signal for depression should be triggered.
In the context of the pandemic, many people were forced to isolate themselves to avoid contagion by the coronavirus. But if your father prefers to be alone in the living room or in the bedroom, interacting little with other family members, attention is needed.
The symptom is identified when the patient can hardly see something good in himself. He can’t see anything positive in what he does, he belittles the few activities he performs and can only highlight negative aspects in himself, either in personality or appearance. This lack of self-esteem is another indication of depressive behavior.
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