Men’s Mental Health Treatment
We help men recover from mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders. Our treatment team includes psychiatrists and licensed, specially trained therapists who are 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:
- Body image issues
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Personality disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Intimacy disorders / relationship issues
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 and 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 our medical and psychiatric team to confirm or revise any previous diagnoses. Our biopsychosocial assessments guide your treatment plan and help us make sure we’re attending to all of your needs.
Our residential mental health treatment program includes evidence-based traditional therapies like individual, group and family therapy, as well as alternative and experiential approaches such as mindfulness and equine therapy.
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.
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.
You’ll enjoy stunning views and home-like comforts so you can focus on yourself and getting better, not what’s lacking in your treatment environment.
Healthy Coping Skills
We’ll help you create a toolbox of healthy skills you can use to cope with life’s stressors. Practices like mindfulness, exercise, positive self-talk, assertive communication skills, taking medication as instructed, and attending therapy and support groups are some of the ways you’ll learn to effectively manage your life when you leave our residential mental health treatment program.
You’ll work with your primary therapist to create a comprehensive aftercare plan. Aftercare planning 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), and connecting you with resources like support groups.
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 and irritability than sadness. They may also feel tired, have trouble sleeping or lose interest in work, family and activities.
- Men are less likely to seek mental health treatment than women. When they see their doctors, they are more likely to talk about physical health issues such as headaches, tightness in their chest, racing heart or digestive issues than to recognize or ask for help with emotional symptoms.
- Men are likely to self-medicate mental health symptoms with alcohol or other drugs.
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, or obsessive thinking or behavior.
Common Causes of Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders have complex causes. Although scientists don’t have exact answers, some of the possible causes include:
Genetics – Mental health disorders can be passed down in families. Researchers have found that 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.
Infection/Injury – Certain brain injuries, defects and infections can cause brain damage. This can trigger a 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.
Trauma – 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 are 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. 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 treatment
- Increase the risk of suicide. More than four times as many men as women die by 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 us today to get started: 844-876-5568
To learn more about Men’s Mental Health Treatment, call 844-876-5568