Awareness, prevention, education, and treatment are key aspects for mental health wellness. For men, factors such as social norms, reluctance to seek help, stigma, lack of culturally-competent care, or minimization of symptoms can make it difficult to get treatment for these common mental health problems that are prevalent among men.
Did you know that over 6 million men struggle with depression each year? Depressive symptoms in men often appear as fatigue, irritability and loss or interest or pleasure on work or hobbies rather than sadness and feelings of worthlessness. Adjusting to major life events such as unemployment, relational distress, death/ loss, and health related conditions that affect men such also prostrate and testicular cancer can also contribute to depression.
Men die by suicide more than 4X’s the rate of women, with 79% of suicides completed by men. Gay men (especially those under age 25) and elderly men (especially Caucasian men over the age of 85) are at increased risk. Genetic predisposition, social isolation, substance abuse, unemployment, military trauma, and mood disorders are all identified as risk factors for suicide.
Alcohol dependency impacts 1 in 5 men, with gay men at higher rates of use and military veterans at nearly 2Xs the rate of women. Men are more likely than women to misuse almost all drugs. It is common to struggle with co-morbid mental health and substance misuse such as marijuana with social anxiety, alcohol with depression, and alcohol/ drug use with trauma. Counseling can help address both.
NAMI has a variety of great support group options, included ones specific to anxiety and panic support.
Bipolar-disorder affects both men and women at equal rates, with average onset at 16-25 for men. Bipolar disorder affects around 5.7 million adults 18+ in the United States each year within all ages, races, and socio-economic groups. Treatment options, including medication and psychotherapy can help effectively manage manic-or-hypomanic-episodes and major-depressive-episodes.
Did you know that 90% of the 3.5 million people in the US diagnosed with schizophrenia by age 30 are men? Schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that often involves a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and specialty care services to manage symptoms. Delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and difficulties impacting thinking and behavior may be present when symptoms are triggered.
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