In certain men suffering from depression, erectile dysfunction is a prevalent adverse effect. During bouts of depression, men may not feel masculine. As a result, feelings of anger, frustration and sadness may ensue. The emotions have a way of impacting a deficit of self-esteem which may transpire into depression.
As everyone has experienced episodes of depression, it usually transpires within a normal time frame. The illness is demarcated by feelings of hopelessness, extreme pessimistic perspectives as well as sadness.
Contrary to popular belief, depression is not limited to women. Although, one out of every men have experienced depression, the illness is deemed as a ‘woman’s disease’. Given the female gender’s biological make-up of hormones and
premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause, the stereotype is feasible. Nevertheless, it is the social stigmatism associated with depression that keeps many men from seeking the help, support and treatment they require.
In many cases, male depression goes undetected. It is challenging to recognize in men because of the American culture’s perceptions of the male’s role in society. Moreover, men are less apt to identify a problem out of fear of appearing weak. Generally, men who show the symptoms of depression are more prone to identify the physical adverse effects, such as headaches, stomaches, fatigue or inability to sleep.
The physical symptoms of depression in men are not clearly defined or depicted. Dissimilar to women, men have a lower tendency of demonstrating the atypical indications of depression, such as sobbing, showing sadness, withdrawing and other telltale signs. Just as men are less verbal in communicating their feelings, they apply the same concealed emotions of depression. They are more prone to exhibit signs of aggression and irritability.
Despite the reasons men fail to identify a bout of depression, it may surface into sexual dysfunction or ED.