There are many concerns that are unique to men. Through the various
stages of life, men experience different stressors and challenges. Psychological,
social and physiological shifts can negatively impact the livelihood of an individual.
At The Center, we help you learn how to use coping mechanisms, self esteem, and skill
building to make positive changes toward a more fulfilling life.
Millions of men experience depression:
- More than 6 million men in the U.S. have at least one episode of major depression
- Symptoms of clinical depression in men are not commonly recognized and many
times depression in men goes undiagnosed. As a result, men who are depressed are
more likely to talk about the physical symptoms of their depression – such as
feeling tired – rather than symptoms related to emotions.
- Depression in men may cause someone to be irritable, aggressive, or hostile.
- Depression can put men at risk for suicide. The CDC reports that men in the U.S.
are about four times more likely than women to commit suicide: 75% to 80% of all
people who commit suicide in the U.S. are men.
Depression impacts a person’s physical, psychological, social and emotional
status. Loss of interest, sadness or low mood, feeling of worthlessness or
guilt, change in sleep habits, change in eating habits, decrease in energy,
and thoughts of suicide are some symptoms of depression. Depression is common
among men, for one in ten will be diagnosed with severe depression at some
point in life (many go undiagnosed).
Anxiety is the unpleasant emotional effect, usually accompanied by
physiological sensation, characterized by worry, doubt and a painful awareness that
one is powerless to control situations. Some symptoms include: Excess sweating,
trembling, dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal
upset, hot flashes, dry mouth, increased urination, fatigue and restlessness.
Anxiety is a very treatable illness, but if left untreated, anxiety can negatively
affect one’s self worth, productivity and enjoyment of life.
Career Issues/Job Loss
Many men feel pressure from home, society and other external factors, which
emphasize the idea that men must be providers. Stress, anxiety and depression
are only a few examples of what someone could be experiencing due to unhappiness
within a career, burn out, career changes, job loss, or the inability to find a
job. Pressures from a multitude of extraneous factors to “be a man” are challenging
and can be debilitating throughout life’s transitions. The Center is here to help
clarify, educate and aid in finding a better way of coping and surviving in today’s
Stress and Trauma are unique in the lives of men. With the combination of life stressors, traumatic events and pressures placed upon man from many spectrums, some individuals will lack the skills necessary to cope and live as free a life of stress as is possible.
Responsibilities add stress to everyday life and come in many forms: fatherhood, family, career. Challenges, difficulties and shifts in responsibilities add stress and pressure to daily functioning. In therapy, a person can learn skills and gain tools to positively cope and enhance daily living.
Difficulty Feeling or Expressing Emotion
Men are raised to “not cry” or to “be a big boy.” Messages are sent to children,
boys and men every second of the day to behave in a particular manner. Some men
may be experiencing difficulty feeling or expressing emotions due to a unique
experience. The Center is committed help you make positive changes so that
you have the ability to feel and express.
Addictions: Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Center is staffed with trained health care professionals who work to better
the lives of men and to help them live a life clean of alcohol and other substances.
The Center works directly with each client to control or reduce the triggers,
degree and negative effects of an angered emotional state.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is very treatable. The issues of recurrent,
upsetting thoughts (called obsessions) and doing the same thing, over and over
(called compulsions) are pervasive and can inhibit daily activities. The obsessions,
or upsetting thoughts, can include things like a fear of germs, a fear of being hurt,
a fear of hurting others, and disturbing religious or sexual thoughts. The
compulsions, or actions you repeat to make the thoughts go away, can be things
like counting, cleaning, hand washing, and checking on things. While these
actions provide only short-lived relief, not doing them only increases anxiety.
Sexuality/Body Related Issues
Sexuality and body related issues hold unique concerns for individuals and
can negatively affect daily living. Pressures from oneself, family, peers,
and society/media can be challenging to overcome and change. With the support
of The Center, men have the ability to express and work through their unique
issues related to sexuality and body.