According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20% of the US population suffers from some form of depression. They also report that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. The sad part is that depression is far more prevalent in women than in men.
There are two broad behavioral theories about the connection between depression and sex. The first theory states that men may be more likely to display depression because of this difference in hormonal changes during pregnancy. This theory seems to be backed up by the fact that in some cases men are less likely to seek help for depression and that their female counterparts are more likely to seek help.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy include the change in estrogens, which can cause moodiness. Some studies have shown that hormonal changes in women may be linked to the reason that men are more likely to commit suicide.
The second theory is based on the sexual aspect of depression. The theory states that in men, sex becomes a coping mechanism for the feelings of guilt and shame that result from feeling like a failure, rather than just being depressed.
Many men struggle with the sexual tension that comes with depression. When these men attempt to overcome depression, they sometimes take the approach of sexual activities in order to feel better, resulting in increasing the sexual tension even further.
It is important to understand that the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy do not necessarily cause men to become depressed. Men who are depressed are often victims of a cycle of symptoms that are related to depression and hormonal changes that result in fatigue, sleep problems, an increase in hair loss, and other symptoms.
In addition, many men may never experience these hormonal changes. It is important for both men and women to understand that there are many factors that contribute to depression, not just the hormonal changes that usually occur during pregnancy.
One of the most significant contributing factors to depression is the mental health of the individual. When an individual is not well-informed about mental health issues, and they are not seeking the help that they need, they will not receive the help that they need to make the necessary changes in their lives.
Understanding the psychology of depression is very important. The psychology of depression involves the basic thinking patterns of the mind, the beliefs that an individual has about themselves, their ability to manage stress, and the kind of life that they want to live. Because the psychology of depression is linked to the cognitive behavior of the mind, the decision of treatment is often based on the belief that the patient understands the cause of the psychological problem.
Knowing how to identify the causes of the individual’s disorder is very important when it comes to deciding what type of treatment is appropriate. When a person is depressed, the person may self-medicate with a variety of substances that do not necessarily provide an improvement to the underlying emotional distress.
When depression is caused by a mental disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, then counseling is recommended before prescribing prescription drugs. Medication will only mask the psychological pain; in the long term, people should seek treatment for the root of the depression that they are experiencing.