Traditional Gender Roles for Men
Changing Gender Assumptions
A New View of Masculinity Requires Change
Study after study shows that women are more likely to seek treatment for depression and men are more likely to self-medicate. Experts report toxic masculinity culture is probably why men are underreporting symptoms of depression. In addition, depression in men can often come out as aggression, anger, and irritability, leading to a missed diagnosis from physicians.
While hiding emotions may have started as a way to prevent unnecessary aggression, not dealing with those emotions can be worse for the individual. Starting when males are young and teaching boys how to deal with their emotions in a positive way is a great place to start. From there, we need to spread the messages that:
- It’s ok to seek help from a mental health professional.
- Seeking help for mental health concerns is a show of strength.
- Sometimes mental health concerns stem from physical problems like hormone imbalances.