Soaring numbers of men are seeking help for eating disorders with cases up by almost half in two years, figures reveal. Experts warn social media and growing pressure to look good are fueling mental health problems.
In a society where traditional constructs of masculinity still exert a powerful force, stigma still exists around the idea of men receiving mental health treatment, or even acknowledging mental illness in the first place. Men have traditionally shied away from therapy, and psychologists have stated that pressures to be perceived as masculine continue to have negative effects on men’s health. It is one of the reasons that men face a lower average life expectancy than women, with higher risks for all 15 leading causes of death in the US. Extensive efforts are underway to combat this social pressure; it has been found that men benefit from group discussions about health and are often more likely to disclose their problems to male physicians. Men’s health programs such as those sponsored by Action for Boston Community Development also focus on reaching out to African-American and Latino males to help defeat stigma in those communities, along with creating a better understanding of how perceptions held by patients and physicians alike regarding gender affect treatment.
Men with both obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are much more likely to have depression symptoms compared to men with either sleep disorder alone, suggests a recent Australian study.
Last November the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand called for a new suicide prevention policy, specifically tailored to address suicide risk in rural men of working age following 2013 data that showed that suicide rates in rural men, aged 15-64, were higher than suicide rates in urban men, and higher than the national male Read more
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine says all too often, men in rural areas do not engage with preventative health. Men have been urged to reach out to health practitioners to discuss any physical or mental health issues that may be concerning them.
Only 1 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Hispanic, meaning that Spanish-speaking men who do seek therapy will probably struggle to find it. In Baltimore, there is only one Spanish-language support group for men who suffer from anxiety and depression.
It is no longer okay for us as a community, or us as a nation to ignore the mental health crisis that is clearly going on with black men in America.
“I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,” wrote Billy Baker in his recent exploration of male loneliness in The Boston Globe.
A team of researchers has discovered that serotonin (5-HT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act in opposite ways in males and females to influence aggression and dominance.
Men over 40 who are plagued with the omnipresent of generalized anxiety disorder are more than twice as likely to die of cancer than are men who do not have the mental affliction, new research finds.
Speaking for my gender, there are two qualities that define most men: We seldom like to ask for help, and we do not like to talk about our feelings. Combining the two—asking for help about our feelings—is the ultimate affront to many men’s masculinity.
She said that sisters of her sorority, which is open to all women, including transgender women, act as guardians of one another’s mental health, watching for signs of emotional distress and coming to their aid to share coping mechanisms or just hugs.
Stemming the violence, then, means deconstructing hate. It means considering every element in the creation and enabling of so many psychopaths. And one that tends to be overlooked— widely known but narrowly considered— is the simple fact that almost all mass murderers are men.
Men depressed as adolescents in the 1990s have carried their suicidality with them into middle age, says mental health commissioner Ian Hickie.
People are generally compassionate and understanding about people with depression or those who are suicidal. But, men who are depressed themselves often view their own problems very negatively, new research finds.
Some experts worry that we aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity to talk about the role of masculinity in college sexual violence.
Footballers are more likely to suffer from mental health issues than the general population. This is what people in the game are trying to do about the problem.
It’s a scandal that no male-specific provision is made in mental health funding.
Brandon Marshall of the NFL’s New York Jets may have kickstarted a revolution when he started talking about his lived mental health experience in 2013. Since then, a number of high-profile athletes have opened up about their challenges as people living in two worlds: first, a society that still stigmatizes mental illness; second, the world Read more
Saskatchewan Roughriders middle linebacker Shea Emry says the toughest battle he ever faced was off the field.
The amount of testosterone a person produces influences the parts of the brain responsible for regulating emotions, with implications for psychopaths, according to research published in the online journal eNeuro.
Workplaces that support employee mental health are progressive. But what about the mental health of the leaders?