Men face significant barriers in reaching out for help and seeking therapy. Men are more likely to tell others they are fine out of fear and concern of being judged or viewed as weak. They may also want to avoid burdening loved ones, friends, and family. Men can minimize or not recognize their own challenges or difficulties which can result in them bottling up or avoiding dealing with them. This can lead to mental and/or physical health issues. Men are often more likely to externalize emotional pain or mental health issues by showing anger and engaging in high-risk behaviors.
The cost of this is significant. Men are more likely to report feeling lonely and isolated. They may feel that others do not understand or care about their struggles. As a result, men are less likely to seek out therapy and may experience anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health concerns and suffer in silence.
What are some of the most common mental health challenges men experience?
- Substance abuse – Men are far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs
- Financial Stress – Some men tie their worth or value into being the breadwinner or providing for themselves and others
- Depression – Many men fail to recognize what they are experiencing as depression, may downplay symptoms, and be reluctant to open up about their experience
- Bullying – Many young men are victims of bullying and it can lead to isolation, exclusion, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety
- Relationship issues – Men can experience conflict and distress with romantic relationships, family, friends, coworkers, and others
- Fatherhood – Being a father can be one of the most difficult and rewarding challenges. While it can be a great source of joy, fatherhood can also cause stress and anxiety, particularly for new fathers.
There is no denying that mental health issues show up differently in men than in women, resulting in many difficulties being ignored and untreated.
Asking for help can be difficult. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues and would like to explore treatment options, allow me to help. With the right support and care, it is possible to experience relief from the burdens you carry so you may have an opportunity for a better, happier, and more fulfilled life.