Unfortunately, one of the leading threats to men is themselves. According to the Mayo Clinic, suicide ranks as a major risk to a man's health and well-being. One of the main risk factors that places it on this list is depression [source: Mayo Clinic].
Where we are often looking for a concrete source of an ailment -- say, obesity or tobacco use -- sometimes, the most difficult challenges are those we can't actually see on the surface. However, depression and mental health issues are authentic concerns. The good news is that they are also treatable.
Speak with your doctor about an evaluation for depression if you think you have any symptoms of this illness. Examples from the National Institute of Mental Health include:
- Always feeling anxious or sad
- Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Having a hard time concentrating
- Having suicidal thoughts
- Lacking energy
- Having emotions related to guilt, helplessness, hopelessness
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