DEPRESSION

Psychological and Mental Health

SEEK THE HELP YOU NEED

At Men’s Health & Wellness, psychological conditions are not one of our main focuses – but only because these are such broad, commonly-occurring, under-diagnosed conditions, they overlay our entire mission. MHW wants you to know that with any physical health issue, including Prostate Cancer or suspected cancer, one can often feel overwhelmed, fatigued – and yes, sometimes depressed – and thus find it difficult to deal with the daily challenges of work, family, financial obligations and other concerns.

If this happens, accept it as a natural occurrence of your current stresses, to be discussed with your physician, not ignored.

IMPORTANT STATS

  • On average, one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.

  • On average, one in eight men will experience depression.

  • The highest rate of depression in men is between the ages of 40 and 59.

  • In the United States each day, 90 men take their life by suicide.

WE CAN HELP

It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available.  Untreated mental health conditions can even carry a high risk for suicide among men.

Good overall health and well-being are directly linked to better mental health, so it follows that when one’s physical health suffers, mental health often does too.  This is not uncommon.  Don’t leave these challenges unchecked or think you have to “tough it out” alone.

To speak with someone immediately contact one of the sources below:

        National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

        1-800-273-TALK:                                       1-800-273-8255

        Deaf Hotline:                                            1-800-799-4889

       Or Chat on:   Lifeline Crisis Chat

If life is in danger, call 911 or go directly to Emergency Services.

Symptoms of poor mental health, including depression:

  • Loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, including sex
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
  • Decreased energy and Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness
  • Insomnia including early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease, even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Some things to do to keep a healthy outlook:

  • Do more of the things that make you feel great and help you to de-stress
  • Spend time with friends
  • Share your thoughts and concerns, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed