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Men's Issues

Men often don't want to talk about their issues or problems. They are taught from when they are little boys that they are supposed to be strong and tough. "Big boys don't cry" or "take it like a man" or "man-up". How often have we all heard these words? Our society teaches us to repress the things that trouble us, which leads to anxiety, stress and anger. Men often conform to societal expectations of masculinity which may not always work in today's world.

Male depression often goes undiagnosed due to men believing that it's not ok to feel bad, sad or angry. Men often struggle to appear strong and stoic which can be the cause of many emotional and physical health problems. Male depression often presents differently than female depression and some mental health practitioners can miss it. Many men do not even realize that they are depressed. They seem withdrawn, angry, feel lost, frustrated, and trapped in their lives.

Men can also struggle with expectations relating to their careers and home life. Many have been raised (until recently) to be the main "breadwinner" for their family. If they can't provide enough, or achieve the success they hoped for, they can feel extreme disappointment and sadness. Others have taken a prominent role in raising the family but are not quite sure how to feel about it, often feeling less "manly."

It's important for you to feel comfortable reaching out for help and to connect with a therapist who understands men's issues. Sometimes, a male therapist can contribute significant insight. I welcome you to read my thesis on how the heterosexual male's gender role stereotype has evolved and its psychological impact on contemporary men: .

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