With more stressors and possible life changes like loss of a job, family or spouse, a man in his 40s has more to worry about. Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues may compound in this decade of life.
Untreated, mental-health issues can affect other aspects of health and may lead to suicide. In fact, men aged 45 to 60 experienced a 43 percent increase in suicide deaths from 1997 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, and white men are most at risk.
Loss of a job is one of the biggest reasons for depression among men. Because men's identity is often tied to their career, certain occupational groups have higher rates of suicide. For instance, men who work in farming, fishing and forestry and construction have the highest suicide rates.
At regular checkups, make sure you talk to your doctor about any symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you are considering medication, make sure you know the side effects of common antidepressants. SSRI antidepressants like Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline) and Prozac (fluoxetine) may cause agitation, headaches, difficulty reaching orgasm, insomnia and other sexual problems. Some may even increase suicidal thought and actions.