Men are struggling and rightly so we've been living through some very challenging times. Some of the complaints I've heard from friends, family and clients are about anxiety and depression. It is said that 40 million people in the US struggle with anxiety.
Causes of anxiety:
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Increased breathing rate
Increased heart rate
Loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities
So what are the treatment options?
They say that 50% of men with mental health challenges do not seek treatment. Why? The negative stigma associated with seeing a mental health practitioner. People are afraid of what others are going to think and the belief it means that there's something wrong with you or you're crazy.
I can tell you firsthand that this is not the case. When I was 26 years old I decided to quit drinking because it was a problem for me. At that point I took a journey of self discovery and personal development. I found a great therapist who I worked with for 10 years. I explored some unhealthy family and personal patterns. It was important for me to get a different view, from a trained professional who helped me sort through things and establish coping strategies. It's one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It helped me to become a better man.
90% of Americans who die from suicide, have experienced symptoms of treatable mental health conditions.
When someone recognizes they need help and seek it early are more likely to:
experience fewer complications
Taking care of your mental health is crucial for leading a fulfilling life, and this is particularly true for men. While there may be societal pressure to be strong and suppress emotions, it is important to remember that seeking help and support is a sign of strength. Whether it is through therapy, exercise, meditation, or simply talking to someone you trust, there are many ways to prioritize your mental health. Remember, you are not alone, and it is okay to ask for help. By taking care of your mental health, you can lead a happier and healthier life, and be a positive role model for other men.