By: Hailey Robertson
In the United States, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental health problem each year (www.NAMI.org). The top 3 mental health diagnosis in men are Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder.
- Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. (www.mayoclinic.org)
- Over 6 million men suffer from depression each year. Men typically experience symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work, rather than feelings of sadness or worthlessness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that occurs following witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event (www.mayoclinic.org)
- According to the VA, six out of every 10 men experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. PTSD can develop weeks, months, or even years after the experience.
- Trauma related accidents are more likely to occur in men than women.
Substance Use Disorder:
- Substance Use Disorder is characterized by excessive use of psychoactive drugs, such as alcohol, pain medications, or illegal drugs. It can lead to physical, social, or emotional harm.
- According to the CDC, men are twice as likely to binge drink than women.
- One in 5 men develop alcohol dependency during their lifetime. This results in men having a higher rate of alcohol-related deaths.
Resources for help:
- Psychiatry: A psychiatrist can allow you to get the medications needed to treat your disorder.
- Therapy: A therapist can allow you to process your diagnoses and receive techniques available to use for treatment
- Support: A Client Support Specialist can allow you to build skills needed to help reduce the effects of your disorder
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