Trauma is an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event, one that the majority (60%) of American men experience in the course of their lifetime. Those who experience trauma may exhibit signs of shock, denial, followed closely by feelings of intense fear, anger, and stress. It is common to have a stress reaction after experiencing a trauma, and these feelings usually gradually lessen with time. For the 4% of men whose stress reaction develops into posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and continues to interfere with their everyday lives, weeks, months, and even years after the incident, it’s important to reach out for help.
Mental health is so personal. What speaks the loudest is following along on the journey of someone who reminds us of ourselves. Of someone living their life, trying to navigate the hurdles and setbacks that life often puts in the way.
When we talk about the health of an individual, we aren’t just talking about the absence of illness, but a state of mental, physical, and social well-being. Mental health is such a vital component of overall wellness, but is often overlooked as a negligible determinant of our health. More than 42 million Americans experience a mental illness each year, and we are focusing on one group in particular this month. June is Men’s Health Month, and we are exploring the critical mental health needs of men, as part of their overall health and wellness.
One in five adults in the U.S experiences a mental health condition in a given year, however fewer than half receive treatment. While mental health conditions impact both men and women, they can affect each gender differently. Understanding and being aware of these differences can increase the likelihood of identifying and treating an increasing number of individuals in need.
As human beings, we are constantly seeking and receiving information. We’re part of an age where news coverage is presented in real time, and the 24-hour news cycle allows us to stay informed to the very minute. But if the news is negative, the psychological ramifications can be serious. Watching something tragic unfold repeatedly can have an impact on your mental health.