What are the symptoms of Depression in Men?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 06, 2013

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Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few; some people suffer many. The severity of symptoms varies among individuals and also over time.


  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyable, including sex.
  • Decreased energy, fatigue; feeling “slowed down.”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
  • Trouble sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping.
  • Changes in appetite and/or weight.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment.



  • Abnormal or excessive elation.
  • Unusual irritability.
  • Decreased need for sleep.
  • Grandiose notions.
  • Increased talking.
  • Racing thoughts.
  • Increased sexual desire.
  • Markedly increased energy.
  • Poor judgment.
  • Inappropriate social behavior.


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