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Why It's Harder for Men to Recognize Mental Health Problems

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The men in America face polarizing stigmas that can affect their mental health. They are told to act manly, to be tough, and to rarely show signs of emotions. In order to do those things, it usually requires them to ignore all of their feelings. Those out of date beliefs still thread themselves throughout our society and are the root of the cause for some alarming statistics.

Men are more likely than women to commit suicide. They are also more likely to die from alcohol abuse related issues or to use more drugs in general. Even though depression and suicide are one of the leading causes of death for males, they are far less likely than women to receive treatment for their mental illness.

Why? We’re exploring why it's harder for men to recognize mental health problems in this blog below.

Why Men Don’t Want to Discuss Mental Health Issues

After several studies and articles studying this exact same topic, here are some of the most significant reasons men feel like they can’t seek out treatment for their problems:

  • Men have a harder time fostering social relationships, therefore making it harder to reach out for help or to spend time finding a professional to help them.
  • In addition, this trait often leads men to feel like they are alone in what they are feeling and that no one else feels similarly to them.
  • Because society has taught men to be tough, they often ignore any symptoms of mental disease.
  • However, ignoring it doesn’t cause the symptoms to go away. This is why more often than not men turn to substance abuse to make themselves feel better.
  • It can often be very overwhelming for men to figure out where to start with mental health help, especially because they are pressured into not expressing their feelings or asking for help.
  • Men especially have a hard time reasoning about spending money on mental health care.

Regardless of what you think or what society has told you to believe, mental health issues are something millions of men struggle with on a daily basis. It’s vital to reach for help when you need to, whether that means speaking with friends or finding a therapist to meet with regularly.

Let’s all work together to disrupt those harmful societal standards that paint men as too unfeeling to have depression because this can’t be further from the truth. And let’s also all work together to lower those alarming statistics we mentioned earlier.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. If you’re interested in participating in a study about depression, click here to sign up today!

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