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Men’s Issues

Men’s issues are accompanied by an alarming suicide statistics. 4 in 5 suicides (78%) are by men. Men have seen changes in society’s expectations of them and their roles during the last several decades. Men often struggle with varying expectations at work and in the home. Anxiety and depression may result if men feel they are not a good provider, are underperforming at work or if they wonder if they could be a better parent. Therapy can be an opportunity to discuss these issues and make decisions about balancing work and home.

Facts about Men’s Issues:

Based on the recent information from the Men’s Health Forum and Counselling Directory:

  • 4 in 5 suicides (78%) are by men
  • For men under 35 suicide is the biggest cause of death
  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women)
  • Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women.

Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

Possible Causes of Men’s Issues:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating and body image disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

Symptoms for Men’s Issues:

  • Anger, irritability or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • A need for alcohol or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Ongoing headaches, digestive issues, or pain
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people
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