There are several types of depression, most of which have fairly similar symptoms, with a few noticeable differences. One of the symptoms that can occur, and often does, is anger. Anger and depression appear to be linked in one way or another. Depending on the person, the anger may be exhibited towards themselves, or to other individuals. Regardless of who the anger is exhbitied to, researchers are now certain that there is definitely a link between anger and depression.
Signs to Watch Out For
There is a noticeable difference between anger among those suffering from depression, and anger among someone who is not suffering from depression. Anger among those suffering from depression can be overwhelming, and can literally occupy the persons entire mind all day around. All the person thinks about is how much they hate themselves, or how much they hate others. Needless to say, this is not healthy at all, and is a cause for concern. In most cases, the individual is simply unable to control their anger, as it is so consuming. Alternatively, someone who is constantly angry at others or themselves can eventually suffer from depression, given they were not already suffering from the condition. In such cases, it is common to see the person withdraw themselves from their social life, have odd sleeping patterns (unable to sleep in most cases), low performance academically or at the workplace, feeling of worthlessness, and other common depression symptoms.
Who’s at Risk?
Anger and depression is not common among all; there are certain groups of people who are at higher risk than others. Risk factors can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Financial issues
- Loss of job
- Substance abuse
- Little to no social life
- Being lonely
- Traumatic events
Research in recent years also suggests that anger and depression may in fact be due to genetics.
Dealing with Anger and Depression
Dealing with anger and depression can be difficult on your own, which is why it is important to seek professional help. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, as every individual has specific circumstances. Treatment options that may be used at the discretion of a health care professional include mental therapy, exercises to relieve stress and anger, as well as medication. All of these treatment methods can be effective, and a professional will be able to best determine the best option based on the circumstances at hand. A combination of mental therapy and stress relief activities are generally the most popular ways of dealing with anger and depression, as they pose no side effects (as oppose to medications which can often have side effects).
Anger and Depression in Men
Exhibiting signs of anger is far more common among men. Studies indicate that there is a reason for this. As young boys, men are often raised to believe that they cannot show weakness, and if they do, they will be viewed as a feminine individual. Despite the fact that this is certainly not true, it is a mentality that has plagued much of the male population. As a result, men are often embaressed that they may be suffering from depression, and lash out to prove their manhood.
Anger and Depression in Women
It is far less common to see women exhibit signs of anger. As oppose to men, women generally grow up being taught that for a female to lash out in anger is in fact not a feminine characteristic. In other words, it is not lady like to show anger. As a result, they keep the anger bottled in. Researchers believe that this may in fact be the reason that more women ultimately suffer from depression than men do.
Anger and Depression in Children
Children are far more likely to exhibit signs of anger. This is due to the simple fact that they have yet to develop the skills to deal with their emotions. Because of this, they will often lash out in anger, as they are not yet capable of dealing with the depression through more mature ways.
One must keep in mind that when dealing with anger and depression, self-diagnosis is never recommended. Only a mental health professional can accurately come up with a treatment plan. It is also important to keep in mind that when anger and depression are ongoing, they can harm one’s health. Thus, the sooner one seeks professional help, the better for their overall health.