Mental illness such as depression and anxiety effect men and women equally. The difference is that many men suffer in silence due to the stigma attached to seeking help.
Men perceive themselves “unmanly” if they do. Mental health experts now believe there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health.
We at MindScape Ketamine & Infusion Therapy, PLLC want to break this stigma that is associated with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders for men.
It’s important that men realize that their mental health is as important as their physical health.
Men’s Depression Statistics
Depression is one of the most common mental disorder in the U.S. It effects more than 6 million men each year.
Men make up over 75% of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. This is a very alarming statistic.
How Men Express Their Depression
Men and women express their depression differently. Men tend to express their depression outwardly with aggressive and angry behaviors.
They may experience fatigue, erectile dysfunction, develop eating disorders, or lose interest at work or in family.
Moreover, men tend to cope with their depression with alcohol and drug abuse which leads to other health issues.
Why Men Don’t Seek Help for Depression
Unfortunately, men will not seek out help as it is perceived to be a form of weakness if they do.
Men are raised in a system that promotes traditional masculinity. This creates conflict in how they should express or deal with their depression.
Perceived societal norms dictate that men must be the strong one in the family. They are raised with the pressure that they must be the provider and pillar of strength for their love ones.
When depression does rear its ugly head, men tend to internalize this feeling…afraid to let others know the hopelessness they are experiencing.
IV Ketamine for the Treatment of Depression in Men
We at MindScape Ketamine & Infusion Therapy understand the enormous pressures that society places on men.
I also feel the burden that all men feel as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders that can sometimes be overwhelming.
So, what can we do? Depression treatment requires a multi-disciplinary approach.
First, it’s important that we recognize the fact that we do not need to be stoic and suffer in silence. We need to remove that stigma that men are not to feel depressed. When we can acknowledge this point, it’s the first step to mental healing.
Second, we need to seek therapy. There are many psychologist and psychiatrist that are readily available to counsel us men through our depressive feelings with specific tailored programs.
In addition, there are men depression support groups. They differ than most support groups as they tend to be more interactive with activities as men respond better to action therapy then to verbal therapy.
Lastly, IV Ketamine therapy. This treatment has been shown to acutely alleviate depressive feelings in 70% of patients that have underwent this therapy…even after 1 treatment! It also has been used to immediately alleviate suicidal feelings!
Do not let depression go untreated. Your mental health is as or more important than your physical health.
Do not allow depression to prevent you from living the fulfilling life that you richly deserve.