Common Mental Health Disorders in Men
Mental health disorders occur in many different forms but there are certain disorders that are much more common among males. Having a mental illness or seeking treatment does not make someone weak or unusual; it is a sign of someone who wants to get better. We hope to see more and more men receiving treatment for their mental health disorders.
Mental Health Disorders & Men
Men tend to face their mental health disorders differently than women. Symptoms of a mental health disorder in a man may manifest differently than it would in a female with the same disorder. Largely due to societal differences, women tend to be more open to mental health treatment, along with discussing their feelings and emotions. Men tend to see such behavior as weak or not masculine, which unfortunately leads many men who require treatment to forego it altogether. It’s important to remove stigmas, get preventative screenings and to follow up with feelings to know if the problems a man is experiencing are actually the symptoms of a mental health disorder.
While depression is usually associated with women, men also experience depressive mental health disorders quite often. While women may ruminate and display feelings of sadness throughout their depressions, men may appear angry or irritable – the symptoms are often displayed differently. Men with depression are also more at risk for suicide than their female counterparts.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by a source of trauma that then affects sufferers with such symptoms as flashbacks to the event, disinterest in activities and people, feeling numb emotionally, trouble with sleeping, trouble with concentration and partaking in actions of self-destruction.
Many American men that have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have been through traumatic times in war such as on deployment in Iraq or even decades ago in Vietnam.
Men living with bipolar mental health disorders (also referred to as manic-depressive disorders) tend to express manic symptoms whereas women lean towards depressed. Episodes of mania can be dangerous with symptoms and behaviors that include everything from taking risks, having trouble sleeping, having inflated judgment or self-esteem and even abusing substances.
Body Image Disorders
Though women are much more often thought of as having eating disorders and other body image mental health disorders, many men also suffer from such conditions as binge eating and anorexia. Common body image disorders in men also include disorders involving obsessions regarding specific body parts, obsessions with training and the gym for their impossible or inflated body ideals, distorted body image and other such disorders.
If you or a loved one in your life is suffering from a mental illness or exhibits symptoms that prevent them from living a healthy, productive life, it may be time to seek a mental health program from a professional mental health facility. We offer personalized treatment plans to help with mental health disorders. Please call us at 1-888-205-2775. The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center is a full service mental health facility dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from mental illness find a path to living better.