NAMI Hunterdon: June is Men’s Health Month

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June 18th was Fathers’ Day and June is also Men’s Health Month.  Men’s Health necessarily includes mental health.  According to Mental Health America, the 5 major mental health issues affecting men are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia and eating disorders.  Men are far less likely to seek help for these issues and experience them differently than women.  For example depression in men is most likely to be exhibited as fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work or hobbies, rather than sadness or worthlessness.  

If you think you are experiencing a mental health issue, Mental Health America has some quick screening tools, just click here. It is always best to consult your doctor is you are haiving any health issues.

Even Great Athletes Suffer Mental Health Issues

  • Terry Bradshaw suffered from panic attacks and clinical depression yet he overcame these issues to win 4 Super Bowls.
  • In Jim Piersall’s rookie season, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He got the care he needed and pitched for 20 major league seasons.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had three major depressive episodes.  Before being a movie star Johnson was a  defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
  • Oscar De La Hoya is regarded by many as one of boxing’s all-time greats. He defeated an astonishing 17 world champions, and was twice ranked as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet but still go knocked down by depression.  Down but not out, he made a full recovery.