03-08 Men with mental illnesses may be less likely to seek help

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Men with mental illnesses may be less likely to seek help

Major depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders affecting individuals in America. Any individual can develop depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other form of mental illness.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 44.7 million adults in the U.S. were found to be suffering from some form of mental illness in 2016. Irrespective of their age, gender, caste or creed, depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder in America. The NIMH further states that more than 16.1 million American adults were affected by major depressive disorder. A larger number of adult females (8.5%), as compared to males (4.8%), were affected by this condition.

Men less likely to seek help

While it is believed that depression affects men less as compared to women, it is not ascertained. There could be many reasons behind this, like underreporting of mental health issues among men, disguising the conditions, misdiagnosis of the condition, to name a few. Men are also very likely to try and conceal their condition by referring to depressive episodes as increased fatigue, irritability, anger, loss of interest in work or hobbies, and sleep disturbances.

Several studies and researches have substantiated the fact that men avoid seeking help for their mental health problems. According to a British study published in 2005, men were found to be less likely to seek help as compared to women. Moreover, they preferred to seek help from friends and relatives. As per the NIMH public-information campaign, “Real Men. Real Depression,” that began in 2003, it has been said that men are less likely to admit to depressive symptoms and seek help for the same. Another study from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science has revealed that women sought help sooner for their mental illnesses as compared to men.

Increased risk of illicit behavior among men

The biggest factor that acts as a barrier on the path of an individual’s recovery is he/she not acknowledging the presence of a mental health issue. And this trait is quite positive in women as there are more women seeking help from an expert for their health as compared to men.

The lack of help among males increases their risk of getting trapped into substance addiction and when prolonged, it might even lead to an outburst. There is a possibility that a few might get involved in sports but, there is a higher risk of their indulgence in illicit activities and behavior like alcohol and drugs abuse and addiction.

Men are likely to reach out for help when the condition begins to worsen. It becomes the responsibility of the consultant to guide the person and advise him/her to seek the right form of help.

Seek help early

If an individual delays seeking help or avoids it, there is a higher probability of his/her condition getting worse. Therefore, it is important to make sure that an early diagnosis of the condition is done and help is availed to avoid any major troubles.

In case there’s someone you know who is dealing with depression and planning to seek help from one of the best treatment facilities for depression, the Depression Treatment Centers of California can help. Call our 24/7 helpline number 855-678-0400 or chat online with one of our experts to get an appropriate guidance about choosing the best out of the multiple depression treatment centers in California.


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