Neglected diseases: Mental health issues in men
Discussion on mental health problems in men should go on.
From the beginning, mental health problems are majorly associated with female population. Even in mental health magazines, mental health problems are only mentioned for female population. Why we are neglecting the men’s mental health everywhere? For many psychiatric conditions, men are equally or even more vulnerable than women.
This negligence has just an opposite influence than what we want from the broad discussion and numerous publications related to mental health. By nature men do not like to share their feelings and try to seek help, even if it’s needed. This unwillingness to share the problems make a deep impact and the condition worsens. Hence, men with mental illness easily become friends to alcohol and abusive substances to cope their illness. Not only that, successful suicide rate is also higher in men. Male population usually select the harsh methods for suicide, that has higher success rate.
Some major facts about mental health issues in men.
- Major mental health conditions are equally common in men and women. Those are:
a. Bipolar affective disorder (BAD): Even if both genders are equally affected from BAD, the relapse rate is higher in women. However, men are highly vulnerable to alcohol and substance abuse.
b. Schizophrenia: Although the rate is almost similar, the symptoms in men/boys are usually worse than women/girls.
c. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
2. About 3/4th of children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are boys.
3. About 2/3rd of children with Conduct disorders are boys.
3. Postnatal depression is possible in new Dads. New Dads are usually neglected and not screened, which should be not the case.
4. Gambling, alcohol and substance abuse are more common in men.
5. Men also can be affected with every mental health condition, that is commonly associated with women.
6. In 2017, almost 75% of the suicide in the UK committed were males.
7. Excluding children, suicide is the most common cause of death in males in the UK.
8. Over 6 million men suffer from depression every year in US.
That was just a small overview of a hugely neglected topic. This is an appeal to each and every person to continue the discussion about men’s mental health.
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