Men’s mental health issues can go unrecognized due to a number of factors like your upbringing, social norms and role models.
The culture of dismissal is a dangerous approach.
Listed are some of men’s mental health issues which can be successfully treated:
- Everyone struggles at times – please reach out to your Doctor, family friend or close mate if you think you need help. The earlier you reach out the better the chances are of a faster recovery.
Depression in men is a serious issue. Men often present late with depression and are also at a significantly increased risk of suicide. The impacts of these unnecessary deaths are often devastating to families and communities. Until a problem is identified it is impossible to begin to work on fixing it and so the first step is to recognize that you are struggling and to seek help. An open conversation with your GP to let them know what is happening is crucial. It is ok to ask for help and to share that things are not going as well as you would like.
Antidepressants are just one of the treatment options that may be available, along with a variety of skills and strategies that can be provided to improve how you are feeling. When it comes to antidepressants there are a variety of options, each different effects and side effect profiles. If you have concerns about specific side effects of a medication you are already taking or consider taking please discuss this with your doctor.
An appointment with your doctor can be an important step to helping you get the support you need.
For more information on depression visit: https://headtohealth.gov.au/