This article was published on March 22nd, 2017
Honey, it ain’t easy being gay. Gay men will confess to having difficult childhoods or feelings of being an outsider, for some or part of their lives. Just because there is very little discussed on the subject, doesn’t mean that gay men do not deal with or suffer from depression at given times throughout their lives. Many gay men deal with depression. Here is what you need to do in order to be able identify the problem and to being coping and dealing with depression.
Lots of things get us depressed in 2017. If the state of United States politics isn’t enough to send you a bit over the edge, there are extraneous factors going on in that can lead to depression. High expectations run rampant in the gay community in regard to bodies, jobs, and personal image. Peer pressure, family issues, and relationships can often pay a toll on our psyche. Issues including money, getting in/staying in better shape, careers, and family can weigh a guy down and keep him from being able to achieve his goals.
The signs of depression can be illusive or very obvious. Are you sad all the time? Does everything seem to make you bothered, irritated, or annoyed? Do you cry or get upset over small things? Do you turn to things like food, drugs, television, or substances to make you feel better? Do you find yourself down in the dumps more times than not?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the chances are that you may be suffering from depression. Which, by the way, isn’t a terrible thing. Everyone at some point throughout his or her life battles depression. But the key word is working on what ails you. Depression needs to be dealt with, and it is a process.
If you have asked yourself the above questions and answered yes to any of them, you are already on the right path to a better, happier, more successful life. Identifying the problem is a huge part of the depression battle. Coming to the realization of having depression is the first step on the way to success.
If you believe you could be suffering from depression, remember there are options and each person has a different situation. A great place to start is by talking to your doctor or a therapy specialist. Medication can be an option as prescribed by your doctor.
Immediately begin combatting depression by getting to the gym and working out. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happier and euphoric. Switch to a healthy diet. A healthy body is a happy body. Avoid drugs and alcohol: these are just often masks covering up what the issue is. Resist temptation and short-term fixes, like collecting and binge shopping. Try removing yourself from stressful situations.
Finally, relax. Take a day off for your own mental health. Breath. Do yoga.
Remember: it’s normal to feel depressed. It is within your power to discover and admit the truth about depression, fight it, rise above, and walk away a happy and healthier version of you. Depression can affect anyone, but it is how you deal with it in the end that really matters.