Don't try too hard to cheer them, because it will make them feel worse when they don't want to disappoint you but neither aren't able to "just cheer up".

Take care of your own well-being, it's really important.

Clinical depression—in women or men—can cause sadness and a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities.

"My strong recommendation..that you can't go after one symptom; it's a group of symptoms," Klapow says."I can't count the number of people who have said, 'I had money in the bank but the phone got shut off because I couldn't bring myself to [pay the bill] or decide what to do and when.' It gets overwhelming," Dr. Some people naturally have a hard time making decisions, so an inability to make choices is usually worrisome only if it's a new behavior.

"It's an information-processing issue," and depression slows down your ability to decide, Klapow says.

"It's accurate to say that feeling stressed can be an indicator of having clinical depression but also be part of the cause," he says.

Research has shown that prolonged exposure to stress can lead to changes both in the body and brain, which can in turn lead to depression.

They can experience fatigue, as well as psychomotor retardation, or a slowing down of physical movements, speech, and thought processes.

According to Josh Klapow, Ph D, a clinical psychologist with the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health, men are more likely than women to report fatigue and other physical symptoms of depression as their chief complaints.Psychomotor retardation can slow down a man's ability to process information, thereby impairing concentration on work or other tasks."Depression fills one with negative thoughts, almost like an intrusion," Klapow says.Depression is not a normal part of aging in men or women.Living with anxiety and depression is really difficult, and dating somebody with those disorders is also really hard."You're slowed down and constantly thinking about negative things in your world. "A man who realizes something is wrong may need to compensate by demonstrating that he is still strong or capable," he says.