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A Look at Mental Illness in Men: Signs and Statistics

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Mental illness in men and women can become a serious, even life-threatening, problem if not managed effectively. Men may experience different triggers and effects of mental illness. Treatment can help men manage their mental health disorders, but learning to manage a mental health condition effectively can take time and may require a combination of therapeutic approaches, including medication. 

The fact is, men die by suicide four times as much as women, but women are more inclined to seek mental health care for their mental health symptoms. Men also die as a result of alcoholism to the tune of 62,000 men per year compared to 26,000 women. The old stereotype of mental health in men as a sign of weakness has changed, but many men are still reluctant to ask for help. Since most mental illnesses can be successfully managed, men must seek mental health care.

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leader in mental health and behavioral health care. We offer a full range of addiction and mental health treatment programs, including inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare. Our licensed and experienced clinicians also provide medication-assisted treatment, clinically supervised detox, and dual diagnosis treatment. We treat men and women using the most trusted therapeutic modalities. We also individualize treatment plans and feature special track programming for clients like men who can benefit from such treatment!

If you are experiencing mental health symptoms that are severe or that do not go away within a couple of weeks, you should get a mental health evaluation. Our clinicians can assess your condition and recommend the ideal treatment course. The sooner you call Resurgence Behavioral Health for help, the sooner we can help move your recovery process forward.

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Understanding Mental Illness in Men

Although men and women experience mental illness, men, generally speaking, often exhibit some different signs and symptoms and may feel differently about seeking out treatment than women do. The historic stigma associated with mental illness prevents many men from seeking help for their mental illness symptoms, even when those symptoms point to a commonplace mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. 

There are many effective types of treatment for managing a mental health condition, but without treatment, conditions are likely to worsen. Resurgence Behavioral Health supports men with individualized treatment plans and experienced clinicians who can help clients develop the necessary strategies to manage their condition successfully. To prevent your condition from worsening and impacting all the important aspects of your life, obtaining treatment right away is essential.

Key Statistics on Mental Illness in Men

Many statistics about mental illness can remind men that they aren’t alone. More than 6 million men will experience depression each year, but this condition often goes undiagnosed because men do not report their symptoms to their healthcare provider. In the U.S., more than 3 million men have a panic disorder. Since the year 2000, suicide rates among men have been rising. Suicide in this country is the seventh leading cause of death among men. Approximately 1 in 5 men will develop a substance use disorder during their lifetime, and this condition can be precipitated by untreated mental illness (co-occurring disorders). 

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Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness in Men

When checking in with their physician, men often report symptoms like fatigue or loss of interest in hobbies instead of more direct signs of mental illness like unrelenting sadness. Men should report their signs and symptoms to their healthcare provider to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for their condition. Some common signs and symptoms of mental illness in men include:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Sleeping too much.
  • Lethargy.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Incessant worrying.
  • Fear.
  • No longer enjoying hobbies or favorite pastimes.
  • Increasing use of substances/misuse of substances.
  • Engaging in escapist behaviors.
  • Mood swings.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Engaging in risk-taking behaviors.

These are just some of the signs and symptoms that can indicate a mental health or behavioral health condition. Experiencing delusions or hallucinations is also a serious sign of mental illness that requires immediate evaluation and treatment.

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Challenges Faced by Men with Mental Illness

One of the common challenges associated with mental illness that men face is the stigma. Many men feel embarrassed to take time off from work, for instance, to obtain mental health treatment. Some men think that mental illness is a sign of weakness when it, in fact, is part of the human condition. Just as people experience physical illness, they often experience mental health conditions too. Sometimes, these conditions can be managed successfully and lead to full recovery. Sometimes, a person has a chronic condition that they must manage effectively for the long term. However, it is possible to manage chronic mental health conditions effectively and have a normal and happy life. Treatment is the key to successful condition management. 

Treatment Options for Men

There are numerous mental health treatment options for men today. Men can enroll in inpatient or outpatient treatment programs depending on their needs. Treatment can be discreet and involve one-on-one psychotherapy with clinicians. Peer group counseling is also an option for men. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we offer a wide array of therapeutic modalities and special track programs for men who have a mental health or behavioral health condition. Men can benefit from both individual and group therapies. The goal of treatment is to help men develop strategies for managing their condition successfully. By learning to identify their triggers, they can better manage them. Our clinical team helps men achieve their recovery goals. 

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How Resurgence Behavioral Health Supports Men with Mental Illness

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leading treatment center specializing in mental and behavioral health. When you visit Resurgence Behavioral Health, we can provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs. If you feel highly unstable, you might benefit from inpatient treatment, which allows you to immerse yourself in therapy and get a robust level of clinical care. Outpatient treatment is ideal for stable clients who can commute for their treatment sessions. Outpatient therapy is flexible and allows clients to continue to work, attend school, or see to their other obligations. 

During treatment, clients can expect to participate in traditional, alternative, and holistic therapies designed to promote long-term recovery and optimum condition management. The length of treatment programming depends on each client and when they achieve their recovery milestones. 

Call Resurgence Behavioral Health for Help with Mental Illness in Men

Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at 855-458-0050 and let us help you manage your mental illness effectively. Today’s treatments for mental health conditions are highly effective. There’s no reason to suffer in silence. We can evaluate your condition to recommend the best treatment plan for you. 
When you contact Resurgence Behavioral Health, we can discuss our enrollment process and verify your insurance. We also help clients navigate all of their financial options for treatment. The sooner you call, the sooner you can begin your recovery journey. Resurgence Behavioral Health boasts a welcoming setting where you’ll get the professional support you need to achieve your recovery goals.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.


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