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A Brief Look Into Men's Mental Health

By Stephen R. Farris

For many Americans, both men and women face mental health issues. However, there are a few differences when it comes to mental health in both genders. It's often an overlooked or lesser discussed topic when men face mental challenges.

Some of those overlooked factors could stem from traditions set in the past that men -- a sort of like a "live by" code -- that has been ingrained spanning back to the beginning of time. Here are a few you may recognize.

  • Men have been told they have to be the breadwinners of the family
  • Men have to be strong and masculine
  • Men have to rely solely upon themselves and not ask for help
  • Men should keep their emotions in check

Holding onto these traditions -- according to research -- has led to future mental problems, including suicide.

Let's face it, men are less likely to seek out help for their problems when compared to women. 

The reason being is the fact men's problems are the social norm. All guys have them, so to speak, and it's been acceptable to simply brush them aside rather than deal with them. Along with the "norm" men are usually reluctant to talk about their problems, or may even feel embarrassed about it.

When it boils down to who's at risk, the range can be somewhat of an eye-opener, concerning men. So what are the groupings? Let's take a look at a few.

  • Older, white males
  • Men who have experienced some form of trauma
  • Men experiencing employment problems
  • Men experiencing marital problems
  • Men facing legal or financial problems
  • Men who are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs
  • Men who have a family history of mental illness
  • Men who are experiencing other challenges of life

Men who are attached to any one of these groups or more may be likely to develop states of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, substance abuse, or worse-case scenario, suicidal tendencies.

Help is available for men who may be experiencing mental health problems. There are many peer groups available with men who share the same type of problems. There are medications available to help treat certain mental health problems. A change in lifestyle can be beneficial to helping cope and/or overcome mental health issues as well. Sharing how you feel with a close friend can also be an outlet. 

Talk with your local chiropractor about how you feel, both physically and mentally. They can offer tips and suggestions to help you feel better about yourself. And if you are experiencing aches and pains in your joints, back and neck, they can help provide relief for those as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockville, Md.

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