June is Men’s Health Month and here at Embracia Health we would like to focus on the mental health aspect. Men’s mental health is often times biased against the gender. For instance men, specifically minority men are less likely to seek out help. This group is often lacking in resources and time. Take a father of three who is the sole breadwinner for his family, works a full-time job and has a sick child. Or the veteran who suffers from PTSD and has a drinking problem, behind on child support payments. Or the immigrant father of five, who fears deportation every day, works three underpaid jobs, has no healthcare benefits, is too afraid to even go to the hospital when sick let along seeking out a psychiatrist/therapist.
What you didn’t know:
What many people are not aware of is that men go through mental health issues, in larger numbers than what you may be imagining. For example:
- 1 in 10 men experience depression and anxiety according to the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Less than half of those reported actually seek treatment
- Suicide is 3.5 times more common among men than women
- About 6 in every 10 men experience a trauma in their lives
- Men are almost two more times more likely to binge drink than women
- Men are less likely to voice struggles with mental health and thoughts of suicide
According to the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) men and women can can develop the same mental health disorders with the exception of a few like postpartum depression. But of the mental health disorders that are developed amongst both genders the symptoms many times differ. For example:
- Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
- Noticeable changes in mood, appetite, and energy levels
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Difficulties focusing, feeling stressed, restless, or on edge
- Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Engaging in risky behavior or high-risk activities
Now this isn’t to say that women don’t experience these symptoms, it’s that men and women don’t always experience the same symptoms for the same mental health disorder. This is why it is highly important that you seek professional medical help and not self diagnose. And you should definitely never self prescribe any treatment.
For more information about the services or any questions or concerns you may have please check out what Embracia Health Clinic offers, we have staff on hand who speak Spanish, follow the link.