Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders Affecting Men
Mental health disorders do not discriminate based on age, sex, religion, or income. However, the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that men are less likely to have received treatment for a mental health disorder compared to women and are more likely to die by suicide.
Seeking treatment early is imperative, but it can be difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder without a medical professional.
Men may be more likely to experience:
- Changes in mood or energy level
- Sleep problems
- Substance use
- Suicidal thoughts (suicide rates for men between the ages of 35 and 64 are double the national average)
- Obsessive and compulsive thinking or behaviors
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Difficulty concentrating
If you or your loved one is exhibiting one or more of these signs, it is important to consider treatment. There are options for treatment including an outpatient treatment program.
Mental Health and the Pandemic
As the United States appears to be rounding the corner of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we refocus our efforts on combatting the ever-growing mental health crisis. Experts fear that as a result of the pandemic, many people felt increased loneliness and isolation exacerbating underlying mental health concerns.
There is continued support for those struggling with mental health whether it is related to the pandemic, job loss, financial instability, or any other cause. California courts, recognizing that mental health is a massive issue in the state, are offering a pre-trial diversion program for individuals charged with a crime that have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
If you are facing criminal charges, it is critical to speak with your attorney about all of your options including whether you are eligible for pretrial diversion.