Complications of Andropause and Depression

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Andropause Symptoms and Stress

Causes of Andropause, Male Menopause

Andropause correlates directly with depression – a major player in the notorious mid-life crisis period men face in their late 40´s to late 50´s.

There are a wide variety of symptoms and conditions men experience during this mid-life transition – everything from the mental (i.e. irritability) to the physical (loss of libido, lack of energy, and weight gain.) Depression, left untreated, can be a disabling condition.

[box]Andropause depression is due to dropping levels of testosterone.

Low testosterone levels cause many depressive symptoms – among them, a general indifference to events surrounding you, the inability to concentrate, extreme irritability, and memory loss.[/box]

We might stress over things that might otherwise be worry-free in a normal situation and brood over certain matters. Our memory might go down the drain and we begin to see our lives in a negative light.

Energy levels plummet and enthusiasm for the activities we used to enjoy become flat-lined. Insomnia and restlessness is also a common symptom. Normal everyday things can become a burden to us, and the simplest shout of a child can make us excessively irritable.

Psychologists use a variety of battery tests to figure out whether you suffer from depression. Besides handing you test sheets to work with, they also place you under observation – noticing your behavior, tendencies, and habits while talking to them. Men tend to be rebellious creatures by nature. We love shrugging off our faults and being poised in the midst of emotional trouble. We take on the role as masculine creatures – lion kings of the jungle that reign over the sprawling landscape we call life.

Men can be in full denial when it comes to questions about their sexual ability and prowess. Refusing to understand that we aren’t who we once were with our sexual performance as a result of Andropause is in our blood.

Fellas, it is time to become aware and acquainted with the severity of your depression. Off the bat, there are facts and figures supporting depression as a major problem. For one, 80% of all suicides in the United States are carried out by men.

[box]The majority of people with this condition never seek the advice and counsel of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Probably the most shocking fact of all is the male suicide rate is highest during the Andropause years. You read correctly – highest during the years we’re specifically talking about.[/box]

How do we deal with these devastating changes to our lives? How can we manage stress to reduce the chances of clinical depression? For one, we must follow a daily exercise regimen. That coupled with a caffeine-free diet will boost our immune systems to fight disease. It will also slow down the aging process. Aim to maintain that explosive 30-inch, vertical leap well into your 60s!

Another is doing the activities we love. Don’t stray from playing your pick-up basketball games with buddies or building those go-carts from scratch as a hobby. Stick to them and enjoy the satisfaction of doing so. Distract yourself from your current condition without ignoring it completely.

[box]Internet rumors that men can satisfy women by excessive oral sex is a myth.

Do n’t just over exceed one particular element in sex, talk to your spouse, what she likes – most of the problems can be solved by communicating with your partner.

If she likes oral on her then fine but there are many better things in life than sex.

Make her understand how much you love her and love is beyond material sex. Good communication have shown result in bonding of relations.[/box]

Maintain a social network of friends and family that will cheer you up when you need it most. Something as simple as having your young child shove a hand drawing of a red school bus in your face can provide for laughs and smiles. The most important piece of advice is to accept your condition and make accommodations. For example, low testosterone levels can easily be supplemented with testosterone cream.

It’s bound to happen to all of us, and you either have the choice of making the best of it or letting it overwhelm you. Awareness is critical, and an optimistic attitude, followed with physical activity and a solid nutritional plan, is the best means of fighting Andropause, anti-aging, and the demon known as depression.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.

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2 Responses to Complications of Andropause and Depression

  1. Eric says:

    Again, there is the assumption that women are hormonal but men are moved more by logic. But the truth is men are as hormonally driven as women. In fact, men have a number of hormonal cycles:

    1) Men’s testosterone, for instance, varies and goes up and down four or five times an hour.
    2) There are daily cycles with testosterone being higher in the morning and lower at night.
    3) Men have a monthly hormonal cycle that is unique to each man, but men can actually track their moods and recognize they are related to hormonal changes through the month.
    4) We know that there are seasonal cycles with testosterone higher in November and lower in April.
    5) We know about hormonal cycles with males during adolescence, but also the years between 40 and 55 have what we call male menopause or andropause.
    6) Finally, we know there are hormonal changes in men going through IMS, related to stress in a man’s life.

    “What we’ve found is that one of the primary symptoms is denial. That is, men think the problem is anywhere other than in themselves.”

    Do you deny this men?

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53725
    wazzz for real i wish the ones who say they don’t understand would be quite about..

  2. Ssshhhh Im becoming aroused says:

    I keep the thermostat on 65 during the night to try and prevent these night sweats, but every night they come back. i will wake up drenched in my own sweat and it will be very cold in the room. Any suggestions on how to make this stop?
    i am not menopausal,, i am only 24!

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