We help men recover from mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders. Our treatment center team includes psychiatrists and licensed therapists experienced in treating primary mental health issues that occur with or without substance abuse.

We’ll help loosen the grip your mental health disorder has on your life. We treat issues such as:

Men’s Inpatient Mental Health Treatment: What to Expect

We understand how difficult life is when you’re suffering from a mental health disorder. Our compassionate treatment team will help you manage your symptoms. You’ll learn healthy ways of coping with the challenges you’re facing.

Components of our men’s mental health treatment program include:


You’ll meet with Promises’ medical and psychiatric team to confirm or revise any previous diagnoses. Our biopsychosocial assessments guide your treatment plan. They help us make sure we’re attending to all of your needs. Our assessments sometimes uncover co-occurring disorders (also known as a dual diagnosis). Co-occurring disorders are when mental health conditions occur with other issues like substance use disorders. We can include drug and alcohol detox in treatment plans as needed. Promises’ treatment team is trained to treat the full range of behavioral health challenges.

Engaging Therapies

Our residential mental health treatment program includes evidence-based traditional therapies. These are approaches like individual, group and family therapy programs. We also offer alternative and experiential options such as mindfulness and equine therapy. The combination of traditional behavioral therapy and complementary approaches helps you tackle issues from different angles.

Attention to the Whole Self

Mental health disorders often take attention away from self-care. We’ll help you re-focus on aspects of your life that may have been neglected. With well-balanced meals, fitness and spirituality-enhancing activities you’ll begin repairing physical, emotional and spiritual wounds. Inpatient mental health treatment provides space and time for self-reflection and personal growth

If medication is needed, you’ll meet with our psychiatric team to help regulate dosage. We’ll make sure you understand the proper way to take prescribed medicines as well as any potential side effects.

Comfortable Setting

We want you to focus on yourself and getting better, not what’s lacking in your environment. You’ll enjoy stunning views and home-like comforts. Our mental health treatment center is complete with warm decor and cozy furnishings. Gender-separate treatment provides a safe space to tackle difficult topics and issues specific to men’s health and emotional well-being.

Healthy Coping Skills

Sometimes people with mental health conditions self-medicate symptoms with drugs and alcohol and other destructive behaviors. We’ll help you create a toolbox of healthy skills you can use to cope with life’s stressors. We’ll teach you practices you can use to effectively manage your life when you leave our residential men’s mental health treatment program like:

  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise and proper nutrition
  • Positive self-talk
  • Assertive communication skills
  • Taking medication as instructed
  • Attending therapy and support groups

Aftercare Planning

You’ll work with a primary therapist to create a comprehensive aftercare plan. We’ll help you prepare for life after inpatient mental health treatment. An aftercare planning program may include:

  • Connecting you with specialists
  • Setting up individual, couples or family therapy appointments
  • Making sure you see a psychiatrist regularly for medication management (if needed)
  • Connecting you with resources like support groups or recovery coaches

Men’s Mental Health Symptoms

Both men and women can develop mental health disorders, but depression, anxiety, and other issues can manifest in slightly different ways in men. For example:

  • In an effort to hide their feelings, men with depression are more likely to have symptoms like:
    • Anger
    • Aggression
    • Withdrawing from others
    • Irritability
    • Tiredness
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Loss of interest in work, family, and activities
  • Men are less likely to seek mental health treatment than women. When they see their doctors, they’re more likely to talk about physical health issues than to recognize or ask for help with emotional symptoms. Physical symptoms may include:
    • Headaches
    • Tightness in chest
    • Racing heart
    • Digestive issues
  • Men are likely to self-medicate mental health symptoms with drugs and alcohol

Mental health symptoms shared by both men and women may include:

  • Changes in sleep or appetite patterns
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Regularly feeling very worried or stressed
  • Hopelessness
  • Obsessive thinking or behavior

Men are also more likely to commit suicide than women.

Common Causes of Mental Health Disorders in Men

Mental health disorders have complex causes. Although scientists don’t have exact answers, some of the possible causes include:


Mental health disorders can be passed down in families. Researchers find several genes impact your risk of mental illness, as well as how these genes interact with your environment. Factors like stress and trauma can trigger a mental health disorder in someone who has the genes that make them susceptible to it.

Brain Chemistry

If certain pathways in the brain aren’t working properly, you may be at increased risk of mental illness. Adjusting the chemicals in the brain, often through medicine and therapy, can help the brain work more efficiently and ease mental health symptoms.


Certain brain injuries, defects, and infections can cause brain damage. This can trigger mental illness or make symptoms worse. Studies show poor nutrition and exposure to lead or other toxins may also increase the risk of mental illness.

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Abusing drugs, especially for a long period of time, has been tied to mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. Being exposed to drugs before being born can also increase the risk of mental illness.


Abuse, neglect, loss of a parent at a young age and other forms of early life trauma may lead to mental health disorders. High-stress situations, such as changing schools or jobs, growing up in a dysfunctional or addicted home, and death or divorce, may also play a role.

Unique Challenges for Men With Mental Health Disorders

Stigma and social norms drive many men with mental health disorders into silence. Men may:

  • Feel reluctant to talk about problems, or feel more comfortable communicating through action than words
  • Minimize or rationalize symptoms to avoid asking for help
  • Fear being judged as weak or flawed if they have a disorder that requires mental health treatment
  • Believe asking for help inconveniences others

Decades of scientific research have shown that mental illnesses are medical conditions that require professional treatment just like a broken arm, high blood pressure or heart disease. They are not a sign of weakness. You can’t always handle it on your own, and you aren’t expected to.

Benefits of Residential Mental Health Treatment

Inpatient rehab is one of the most effective forms of treatment for men’s mental health disorders. Through treatment, men stand to gain:

Work Productivity

Studies show that people who receive treatment for mental illness perform better at work. They’re more productive and have fewer sick days, which sets them up for greater long-term career success and satisfaction.

Stress Management

Stress is a major trigger for substance abuse and mental health symptoms. In mental health treatment, men learn skills to cope with stress in healthy ways and balance their personal and professional lives.

Stronger Relationships

Building a strong support network is essential for good mental health and personal growth. Research shows that healthy relationships can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms, improve healing, and provide meaning and purpose. Some of the communication skills men may learn in residential mental health treatment include asking for and accepting help, embracing vulnerability, and allowing yourself to have feelings and develop healthy ways to communicate those feelings. Many men report that in group therapy they felt the relief of opening up and being received with open arms by a group of peers who are facing similar challenges.

Improved Health

Depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders have been tied to cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and other types of physical illness. By treating the mind, you also help repair the body.

The Risks of Waiting to Get Mental Health Treatment

As a result of social pressures and stigma, men put off mental health treatment longer than women. But ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. Delaying needed treatment can:

  • Cause or worsen physical health problems like heart disease, ulcers and colitis
  • Lead to drug or alcohol abuse, which creates new problems that may require addiction treatment or inpatient drug rehab
  • Increase the risk of suicide. More than four times as many men as women commit suicide, making suicide the seventh leading cause of death among men in the U.S.
  • Be costly. Serious mental illness costs Americans over $193 billion per year in lost earnings.

Take Back Your Life

You may not feel comfortable talking about it, but many men find relief in asking for help, letting their guard down and being able to talk honestly with others. With evidence-based therapies and an experienced treatment team that’s dedicated to your recovery, you can learn to manage your mental health issues and reclaim your life. Call Promises treatment center today to get started: 1.713.528.3709.

Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019