Today’s world is full of uncertainty and chaos and everyone is experiencing emotional stress, anxiety, and depression. These unprecedented times have shone a light on mental health. Women in general have always been a little more willing to discuss their mental health challenges than men. There is a stigma with men when it comes to mental health, primarily because of a man’s culturally ingrained need to appear masculine and strong.
Suicide in males occurs over three and a half times more often than in females in the United States. This is primarily because women will seek mental health help, and men are reluctant to do so. For men, there is an unwillingness to admit there is something wrong with them. Society has taught men that they should hide signs of emotion and weakness. One of the most unfortunate aspects of this is that many people still view mental health issues as weakness rather a medical neurologically based disorder. While many men are reluctant to admit to any medical problems, very few of them view a heart issue or kidney issue as their fault or a sign of weakness, however, many men view mental health issues such as depression or anxiety as weaknesses and blame themselves. Men should not blame themselves and hide these neurologically based issues, they should recognize them for the medical problem they are and seek medical help.
The symptoms of mental health in men commonly manifest differently than in women. Men often experience depression or anxiety as physiological symptoms rather than the typical emotional symptoms women experience. With more than 6 million men in the U.S. experiencing symptoms of depression, and over 3 million with symptoms of anxiety, there is an urgent need for everyone to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in men.
Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Men
- Anger, aggression, or irritability
- Feeling restless, anxious, or stressed
- Noticeable changes in energy level or mood
- Problems with sexual desire and performance
- Feelings of hopelessness, sadness
- Lack of concentration, inability to focus
- Tiredness, sleeplessness, or excessive sleeping
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide
- Physical pain, headaches, cramps
- Digestive problems
- Compulsive or reckless behavior
- Increased reliance on alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawal from family and friends, self-isolation
We all need to watch our male friends and family for these signs and symptoms of mental health and encourage them to seek help. Many men will seek help for physical symptoms while they will not for emotional symptoms. This is unfortunate, because there are many treatment options available for mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Ketamine Infusion Centers offers a successful treatment program for depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Ketamine infusions can treat mental health problems with immediate effect. The initial treatment can have lasting effect for several days. Typical treatment includes several doses over the first few weeks, and boosters every month or so after that for several months.
Men must overcome the stigma behind admitting to mental health problems and show their true strength by seeking help for this medical issue. Contact Ketamine Infusion Centers today for help with your mental health issues and begin the journey to a healthy mind.