As a man in the medical profession, it’s important for me to let other men know about the importance of mental health.
With genetic factors as well as the daily struggles in life and the stresses that those bring, it can be difficult to maintain good mental health.
At times, the mind can take us down paths that aren’t as positive as we would like them to be. This is why many men find themselves with mental health problems.
Getting help for these problems is critical to getting back to the quality of life men deserve.
Mental Illness in Men: The Raw Numbers
There are about six million men who suffer from depression every year. What’s unfortunate is that many of them never seek help for it. They feel as though they can deal with it and it will go away on its own.
The problem is that clinical depression doesn’t go away on its own. It needs to be treated, just like any other mental or medical illness.
While there are many mental illnesses men can suffer from, depression is one of the most common.
Some of the telltale symptoms of depression in men are:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness
- Loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Inappropriate guilt
- Difficulty thinking
- Trouble concentrating
- Suicidal ideation
- Homicidal thoughts
Depression can lead people to losing their jobs, ruining relationships, and, in severe cases, death by suicide. It’s important that if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms that you seek help immediately.
Contact your primary care physician, psychiatrist, or if you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else, contact emergency services by dialing 9-1-1.
Raising Awareness through the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation runs a campaign each November to raise awareness for men’s health. Men across the country grow out their mustaches as a conversation starter to tell people why they are growing it out. The purpose is to make men aware of the importance of taking care of themselves.
With the hustle and bustle of each day, men sometimes put their health to the side. It’s hoped that by raising awareness more men will get into their doctor’s offices for examinations that can improve, preserve, and even save their life.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we hope you take this message to heart and seek medical or mental health care for yourself or someone you love. We care about the way you look, but we care more about your inner well-being.
To men’s health and longevity,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team
*This information is not to be used as medical advice or in place of seeking the advice and treatment from a medical doctor. Always see your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health or before starting a diet or exercise routine.