We often forget that mental health challenges are sometimes invisible, no matter how happy someone might appear or how confident they might seem, we never really know what’s going on deep inside. When it comes to mental health, people often hide what they’re going through. Here is a bit of information about why some people may struggle with seeking help for mental health issues.
Statistically speaking, men are much more likely to successfully commit suicide, unfortunately, they’re also much less likely to seek help for things like depression and suicidal thoughts. This has been confirmed by multiple studies, and it’s a real challenge in the world of mental health. Men typically seem to view mental health challenges as a sign of weakness, there’s a large stigma behind it being emotional, especially if you’re a man. Thus the phrase, “man-up, grow a pair”, especially if one is encountering some struggle. This causes a lot of men to suffer in silence rather than get the help that they need. For this reason, men are often unwilling to seek help or even talk about what they’re going through.
People with antisocial personality disorder typically show no regard for right and wrong, especially in regards to how their actions impact others. There are many barriers when trying to address these issues, but one of the most challenging factors is also the simplest. People with antisocial personality disorder just don’t want to admit they’re struggling. Medical professionals have also discovered that people with antisocial personality disorder frequently lie about their symptoms while denying that they need help. Sometimes they’re just not aware of how much they’re hurting others. However, they might still seek help for things like depression, anxiety, and outbursts, which are all common among people with this diagnosis.
Eating disorders in men are more common than many realize. The problem is that, once again, males are more likely to stay silent as they deal with their mental health. Studies have investigated this phenomenon extensively, and some believe that men feel that there’s a social stigma attached to eating disorders. The commonly held belief is that disorders like bulimia and anorexia only affect women. This is a product of toxic masculinity and how the patriarchy perpetuates toughness and not caring about one’s body image, while also putting out constant images of muscular sculpted men as desirable.
People struggling with addictions are very likely to experience strong denial. Many studies have investigated this and it’s more complicated than you might think. Obviously, such denial allows the addict to continue using without intervention or medical treatment. New studies have discovered that abuse of certain substances like cocaine and alcohol might impair the frontal striatal systems of the brain. These parts of the brain are responsible for self-awareness, which means the addicts might be genuinely unaware that they even have a problem, due to the effect on the brain. This could completely change the way we look at the future treatment of addiction.
Several interesting studies have investigated how mental illness is handled among ethnic minorities in America. One study looked at four separate minority groups and found that all of them experienced a double stigma. The idea is that those groups are already suffering from discrimination and social stigma for being a minority, so the addition of mental health issues is an additional stigma that’s increasingly hard to deal with. Many additional studies have discovered that minority group members are significantly more likely to delay or forego needed mental health care when compared to whites.
Dementia is one of the most daunting mental health challenges that we face today, and it’s something that mainstream medicine is working hard to treat. One of the biggest barriers to treatment is the fact that many people with dementia are completely unaware of their own condition. Specifically, these patients seem to be unaware of their own memory issues. This makes sense for obvious reasons; they essentially can’t remember that they can’t remember. These patients are often unaware of their own cognitive condition in general.