Typically, as a guy, I go to my general practitioner to get my physical and vital signs checked. I find it easy to talk about my glucose and cholesterol. However, there were down periods in life and I went to see my doctor and he recommended that I consider seeing a psychologist. Although I never went through with it, I was surprised with his recommendation and would have preferred to have been given a different option to manage my depression.
Although I am fine now, I want to mention a few reason that I learned were causing mental health issues to be prevalent among men in our nation. I recently learned that;
1) Many men fear admitting(unwillingness) that they have a mental health issue because of the stigma associate with the illness. This stigma can prevent one from seek help even from close friends or family members, for fear of being look down upon. Just image hearing people say that you got mental illness, or having your face pop up on a local news channel with "this man has been diagnosed with a rare case of mental disease". In my opinion, stigma carries with it the perception people will look down on up or we will be embarrassed, etc.
2) A second reason is the fact that we are men. As men, we are brought up differently but still want to integrate in our society. I have noticed that some guys tend to always think of themselves as being on top of everything; they tend to want to impose their views on others and try act tough in front of other guys. I personally believe that these attributes can cause us not seek outside help.
In conclusion, there are many mental health issues that cannot be dealt with alone. There are many sources out there, such as CDC, NIH, and others where you can find information on many mental health issues (symptoms, treatments, etc..). As men, we can reach out to close friends and family members, doctors and others, and you will be surprised at how much resources there is out there to assist you with your mental health issues.
Has your experience been similar?