MENtal Health Awareness | Men’s Health Month

We are acknowledging Men’s Health Awareness Month with the purpose of bringing awareness to preventable health problems and encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment. Did you know 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental problem each year? According to the Men’s Health Resource Center, men make two thirds as many physician visits as women.  Men tend to be less likely to express the full extent of the issue, especially when concerning feelings. In the blog below, we have outlined a few men’s health statistics and support resources as a reference.

Don’t Suffer in Silence

According to the CDC, more than 25% of men haven’t seen a doctor in the past year. It may not come as a surprise to you that many men refuse to seek treatment for health issues, especially mental health. Trends indicate that individuals are reluctant to express these concerns due to the stigmata attached to mental health problems. However, it’s important to recognize and vocalize the signs and symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

While we all experience the ups and downs of life, mental health issues can surface in a variety of ways. Pain, problems sleeping, anger, and risky activities are just a few of the ways mental health struggles can present themselves. As we go through different stages of life, many factors can affect mental health. While we can control some of those, many we can’t. Genes, divorce, loss of a loved one, the birth of a child, and any significant life change can trigger a mental decline. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Recognizing When to Ask for Help

When should you see a doctor? Unfortunately, there isn’t an all-inclusive answer. However, If you’ve had symptoms for more than two weeks that affect the quality of life, consult with your physician. Leaving symptoms untreated can affect your overall health and personal relationships. Medication and counseling can be beneficial when combined. Fortunately, with the right diagnosis and treatment, you can get back to enjoying life quickly.

Support/Resources

Should you find yourself experiencing signs of depression, anxiety, or other mental stressors, don’t ignore them. Consult with someone you trust, such as your primary care physician. Finding someone you can talk to is imperative. Also, with any medication, there may be some side effects. Be sure to utilize your pharmacist for proper medication guidelines. You’re not alone. Don’t be afraid to seek help through reputable resources. We at Heartland Pharmacy are here to help you understand along the way. Contact one of our 9 locations for further assistance.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/
http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/ownersmanual.pdf