Do you feel like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders?
Do you often express sadness or hurt as anger or irritability?
Do you feel like you have no one to turn to when it comes to talking about your feelings?
You Are Not Alone.
Men’s mental health is one of the most pressing and yet undiscussed public health issues of today, and has been called the “silent crisis“. Men make up nearly 80 percent of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. Suicide is the 7th leading cause of death among males, and has been on the rise since the year 2000. Risk factors include social isolation, substance abuse, unemployment, military related trauma and genetic predisposition. In regard to physiological risk factors, low levels of testosterone have been correlated with depression, stress and mood swings, especially among older men.
While the aforementioned risk factors are real, the larger social context plays a major role in terms of contributing to depression among men. Research has found that men experience a great deal of pressure to conform to the social construct of masculinity, which includes perceptions of self-reliance, competitiveness, control and ability to provide for others, as well as resilience and ability to manage stress and emotions without displaying vulnerability. From a young age, boys in the U.S. are taught that a “man” is someone independent, fearless and tough who avoids emotional expressions. That being said, studies have shown that such emotional inexpressiveness is actually one of the most emotionally stressful factors for men (in addition to physical inadequacy, feeling intellectually inferior and performance failures in work and sex). (To learn more about the intersection between men, masculinity and mental health, check out one of my latest blog posts on the topic.)
According to Mental Health America (MHA), the top 5 mental health problems facing men in the U.S. are:
You Can Gain Control Over Your Mental Health.
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But You Might Be Asking…
“I’ve tried therapy, medication, all kinds of treatment and I still can’t get relief from my mental health issues. What makes Humble Warrior Therapy’s approach different?”
Humble Warrior Therapy uses an integrative, holistic, mind-body approach to therapy. Counseling at Humble Warrior Therapy isn’t your standard clinical “talk therapy”; it’s so much more. I use a highly educational, directive teaching approach to therapy, and pull in as many resources as you may need to help you learn a new way of relating to your emotions. Through media such as TEDtalks and books, and tools including guided meditation, “walk-and-talks” and yoga, I incorporate as many different mind-body-spirit techniques and tools that you might need, always working to find the most relevant, effective and custom-tailored therapy program for you.
Because the mind and body are inextricably linked, your mental health is affected by numerous factors, including your diet, exercise habits and sleep. In addition to working with the mind, I also assess your body and spirit: including what foods and supplements you take, how socially connected you feel and if you’re satisfied with your spiritual/religious life.
“I’m interested in learning more…where do we go from here?”
Schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation to learn more about who I am as a therapist, ask any specific questions you might have and ensure that I’m truly the right fit for you.