Signs of Depression

Differences between male and female depression
Women tend to: Men 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

With our obsession with equality its interesting that science often portrays differences in behaviour between the sexes. I think this is particularly relevant to social anxiety as well as depression because I dont think its anywhere near as acceptable for a man to be shy in our western culture as a woman. A man is after all supposed to be the one to go and chat girls up and impress them with confidence, be the main provider with a good job and look after his family. if I man does not drive he may as well have no penis and for a male to admit being a virgin past a certain age it is seen as the ultimate humiliation. There’s probably tons of other stuff if it was ever studied properly.

That said I do just as many things on the women’s side of the table as on the men’s for depression. Does that mean I am more in touch with my feminine side or just more insane? Certainly after my many years of social anxiety and resulting isolation, virginity and long term unemployment it has resulted in at times intense depression. Oh and I never learned to drive so I may as well hand my penis back!( but not until I’ve seen that video on youtube!)

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