Men Shouldn’t Ignore Their Mental & Emotional Health

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A significant number of men are affected by mental illness.

Men are surrounded by the toxic stereotype that has been defining the way a man should act. The toxic misconception about men and their mental health is not just wrong but is dangerous. Because men are widely discouraged from openly discussing their health and wellness — especially their mental health — many men believe they are suffering alone with their issues. And trust me, you don’t want to be alone with those thoughts.

Some early signs to look out for

As I have mentioned below, men are often hesitant to ask for help and they will ignore symptoms even if they encounter them. Here is a list of some common changes that are seen in the early stages of mental illness.

Men are often hesitant to seek mental healthcare.

Another common reason mental health is more dangerous in men is that they don’t want to admit it. Denial will make the healing process a lot longer because you can’t solve a problem unless you know there is one.

Interrelation of mental and physical health.

Your mental health doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Mental health feeds into your physical health and vice versa. For example, did you know that suffering from clinical depression can increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease by up to 64%? Or that it could increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and obesity.

What happens if you don’t seek help?

First thing you need to remember about mental health issues is they don’t get better with time or on their own. We need to work on them. Actually, they will worsen with time and later you get help, more likely the illness would cause irreparable damage.

  • Chronic pain
  • Detached from reality
  • Panic attacks, PTSD
  • Manifestation into chronic health issues (physical)
  • Suicide
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