Everyone feels sad, angry, or flat sometimes – these feelings are part of a healthy, full range of emotions, and are usually nothing to worry about.
However, if you’ve been feeling sad, down, miserable, or angry most of the time for more than two weeks, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression.
Men are much more likely to recognise the physical symptoms, rather than the emotional signs, of depression. These symptoms can include things like feeling tired all the time, or changes in your weight, whether that’s losing weight or putting on a few extra kilos.
Some of the signs of changes in your mood are different for blokes, too. Men are more likely to report feeling angry or irritable, for example, rather than feeling low.
One of the other telltale signs is a loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy, whether that’s getting together with your mates, working in the garden, or just getting outside for a walk or a run.
Find out more about the signs and symptoms of depression
The reality is that depression and anxiety are unlikely to go away on their own. If they’re ignored and left untreated, depression and anxiety can go on for months, sometimes years, making it hard to cope with day-to-day life.
The good news is depression is treatable, and there are simple actions you can take to start working on getting better and staying well.