5. They’re self-medicating.
Substance use disorder does not appear out of thin air. In many cases, it’s a result of a co-occurring mental health disorder. Although drugs or alcohol may relieve feelings of depression for a short time, they only cover up the underlying pain. Feelings like sadness, depression and anxiety aren’t pleasant, but they need to be experienced and confronted. Therapy can help men learn how to express their emotions and manage them instead of self-medicating.
Men are uncomfortable with the idea of expressing sadness and vulnerability, but confronting those fears is the best way to heal. With the right combination of talk therapy and, if necessary, medication, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to manage your depression and become more aware of your emotions.