Medical News and Perspectives
November 15, 2006

Men Face Barriers to Mental Health Care

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2303-2304. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2303

Many men with depression suffer in silence because their nontraditional symptoms, personal perceptions about mental illness, and cultural pressure all create barriers to their seeking care.

A growing body of research is exploring the ways mental illnesses, particularly depression, affect men differently. Studies are finding that men may not exhibit traditional symptoms, may be less likely to recognize they have a disorder, and may be more reluctant to seek help. Because of these barriers, men who don’t seek help or whose depression remains undiagnosed often receive no relief from their depressive symptoms and may even “act out” and harm themselves and others.

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