Mental health conditions do not discriminate. People of all genders can experience these conditions. Men, compared to women, are three times more likely to die with suicide, according to World Health Organization (WHO) report from 2018.
Why is it more difficult for men to reach out and access support? In many cultures, there are dominant cultural stereotypes around how men. They talk about how men should behave, feel or express their emotions. These gender stereotypes and stigma make it harder to recognize distress signs and provide support. In fact, for men and women, specialists believe that warning signs change.
NIMH specialists explain that “Some men with depression hide their emotions and may seem to be angry, irritable, or aggressive, while many women seem sad or express sadness.” They also note that some symptoms of depression are physiological, such as a racing heart, digestive issues, or headaches, and men “are more likely to see their doctor about physical symptoms than emotional symptoms,” according to the NIMH.
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Like the sky, our inner mind can have its various seasons. The inner sky can seem bleak and dull while some days radiate with the warmth of the sun. Some days may be humid, muggy, and while some pleasant with a cool breeze welcoming us. In these trials and tribulations, how can we maintain consistency?
We are wired for connection, biologically. Living life with a clear heart requires us to look within and work our way outwards from there. The choice to observe and live life from a place of curiosity, hope, wisdom, courage is a choice in our power. There are no bad parts to us!
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