Disorders and Treatment
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Ideas about masculinity keep many men, and some women from seeking help for depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.
Although asking for help can be viewed as a sign of wisdom and strength, for many it remains an indication of weakness.
Without professional help, people find their own ways of coping with distressing symptoms. Some of these ways are beneficial but many are not. For instance, there are four common coping behaviors men tend to use that mask distress, but cannot relieve it.
Many of us reach adulthood with ineffective coping, relationship, and communication skills. We do the best we can with skills we have, but the struggle and stress of using inadequate tools can lead to depression and other problems. This does not imply we are weak, only that we need better skills which counselors can teach us.
Mental health problems can also be triggered by traumatic experiences. Being affected by a traumatic event is normal, even when the resulting symptoms are said to be part of a disorder. You were strong and courageous enough to survive the event, but also are a feeling, compassionate person who is naturally susceptible to mental-emotional wounds. There is no shame in getting help to heal them.
Source: The Calm Clinic
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