Mental illness has long been associated with females, but it is important to acknowledge that men struggle with mental health issues as well. However, societal expectations and the stigma surrounding seeking mental health treatment often prevent many men from seeking help for their mental health issues. Men's therapy is an excellent way for men to address their mental health concerns without feeling judged or stigmatized. Breaking the Stigma Societal expectations often dictate that men should be strong and independent.
After developing a chronic physical illness, I soon began realizing that the disease plagued my mind almost more than it did my body. While my illness is not life-threatening, it was very difficult accepting that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and eat a strict diet. After a year of depression, I finally overcame my fear of "exposing" my feelings to others and made an appointment with a mental health counselor. With her help, I was able to see the "silver linings" in life that I had greatly taken for granted before I became ill. I now encourage anyone who is battling an illness of any type to seek the psychological help they need. I plan to post lots of little mental health tips and tricks on my new blog along with advice for choosing a good counselor. Please come back soon!