Were you ever told, “Boys don’t cry,” or “Be a man,” when you were sad? These types of stereotypes have caused millions of men to suffer in silence, whether they have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, or another mental illness. We’re here to let you know you no longer have to struggle alone.
How Many Men Have Mental Health Struggles?
Every year, more than 6 million men suffer from depression, over 3 million have an anxiety disorder, and 90% of the 3.5 million Americans with schizophrenia are male.
Statistically, men are less likely to have mental illness than women. One of the reasons the numbers may lean more toward females is that they are more likely to be open about their feelings.
Men have seen the image of strong portrayed as unaffected for far too long. In fear of being seen as weak, they are likely to hide their true feelings, even from themselves. This causes them to suffer in silence.
Do I Have a Mental Illness, or Am I Just Struggling?
You can go through emotional difficulties and not have a mental illness. Psychological disorders are diagnosed using criteria from a book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, Text Revision.
You do not need to have a clinical mental illness to get help.
Therapy helps men deal with a wide range of problems, such as anger management, low mood, feeling purposeless in life, heartbreak, grief, and much more. Even high levels of stress can benefit from therapy.
Signs of Men’s Mental Health Issues
Sometimes, it can feel like how you process emotions is just your personality. But persistent feelings and actions can indicate a deeper issue that deserves care. These include:
- A feeling of being “empty” or numb
- Feeling flat or struggling to feel positive emotions
- Losing your temper easily or “blowing up” over small things
- Being told your behavior is irrational
- Using drugs, alcohol, or both to cope with negative thoughts or emotions
- Questioning your life’s value or self-worth constantly
- Persistently feeling sad or hopeless about life
- Obsessive thoughts or repetitive behaviors you can’t control
- Thoughts about death or ending your own life
Get Therapy in Denver, CO
Your mental health matters. If you are dealing with difficult emotions, thoughts, stress, depression, or other concerns, we want to help. Please contact Revitalize Mental Health at 720-295-6703 to learn more about possible next steps. We are here for you.