Online Counseling for Men’s Mental Health in Roswell, GA
At PersonALL Counseling, we understand the importance of men’s mental health and seek to provide a professional and empathetic environment where men can feel safe talking about their struggles. If you’re looking for a mental health specialist or would like to talk through your options, connect with Dr. Kirsten Ramey at your earliest convenience – we’re always happy to answer any inquiries that you may have. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve clients from Roswell GA, Mountain Park GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs GA, Alpharetta GA, and surrounding areas.
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There is plenty of stigma surrounding men and mental health which, unfortunately, results in fewer men seeking mental health treatment and getting an appropriate diagnosis. Societal norms around gender roles teach young men that they should be emotionally strong, avoid showing vulnerability, and ‘suck up’ whatever they’re feeling. This tendency to downplay their mental health struggles is extremely detrimental, with the incident rate of suicide amongst men being quadruple that of women.
While mental health disorders can affect anyone, men are more prone to experiencing certain types of psychological conditions. These include:
• Depression. This is a mood disorder characterized by a persistently low mood that interferes with day-to-day life.
• Generalized anxiety. This condition is characterized by intense, uncontrollable, and often disproportionate feelings of fear and worry.
• Social anxiety disorder. This condition causes intense fear and anxiety in specific, or all, social situations.
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This condition causes the continuous repetition of specific thoughts (obsessions) and the irrational need to perform specific routines (compulsions).
• Schizophrenia. This is a severe mental health condition wherein clients do not interpret reality as being how it is. They may experience disordered thinking, hallucinations, delusions, and motor movement dysfunction.
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This condition is characterized by feelings of reliving a traumatic experience. Men are more likely to experience trauma in the form of accidents, assaults, combat, natural disasters, or witnessing a death or injury.
• Substance abuse. Men have higher rates of use and dependency on alcohol and illegal drugs and are also more likely to die from an overdose.
Treatment is key in preventing mental health conditions from worsening over time. Left untreated, these issues can become harder to resolve and become more likely to result in severe, long-lasting consequences.
Mental illness can look different for different people, with some people choosing not to express their feelings at all or hiding their behaviors from other people. Men, in particular, are less likely to talk openly about their emotional struggles, due to social stigma and personal beliefs.
Signs that indicate a person may be struggling with mental illness are:
• Changes in appetite.
• Changes in sleeping habits.
• Consuming higher amounts of alcohol.
• Difficulty focusing.
• Experiencing physical symptoms that don’t have a clearly identifiable cause.
• Feeling apathetic or emotionless.
• Feeling more irritable or restless.
• Inappropriate use of recreational, prescription, or illegal drugs.
• Isolating themselves.
• Mood swings.
• Obsessive or compulsive thoughts and/or behaviors.
• Participating in high-risk activities.
• Persistent sadness, hopelessness, aggressiveness, or anger.
• Poor energy levels.
• Thinking about, planning, or attempting suicide.
• Thinking or acting in a way that negatively affects your personal and professional relationships.
Mental health is an incredibly important part of healthcare for both men and women alike. However, men are less likely to seek the care that they need due to social stigma and their own internalized beliefs. This can often lead men to feel isolated, alone, and unsupported which puts them at a higher risk of developing worsening problems and committing suicide.
If you’re experiencing issues that are affecting your moods, making you feel overwhelmed, and/or interfering with normal daily life, it’s time to talk to a mental health professional. Getting professional medical help can help you come through the other side of what you’re experiencing and provide the clarity and understanding that you need to improve your quality of life.
Here are some of the most common types of issues that people see mental health providers for:
• Coming to terms with your sexual orientation or the sexual orientation of someone in your life.
• Experiencing grief due to a significant life change, an experienced trauma, or loss.
• Feeling anxious, worried, nervous, stressed, or overwhelmed on a regular basis.
• Feeling disconnected from your partner, friends, or relationships.
• Feelings of isolation and loneliness.
• Having an eating disorder.
• Having difficulty communicating and expressing yourself effectively.
• Having emotional struggles that are interfering with day-to-day life.
• Having thoughts, or planning, to harm yourself and/or others.
• Persistent feelings of being unhappy, sad, hopeless, or irritable.
• Struggling with body image and feelings of self-worth.
• Struggling with substance abuse or addictions.
• Working through traumatic life events, such as abuse or the death of a loved one.
At PersonALL Counseling, we understand that reaching out for help can be a difficult step. However, it’s often a necessary one that can help you feel better about yourself, your life, and your diagnosis. Contact us today for more information about our men’s health services or book with us online to schedule an appointment. We serve clients from Roswell GA, Mountain Park GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs GA, Alpharetta GA, and surrounding areas.