As men, we’re not always comfortable expressing our needs, owning our issues, or admitting that we have a problem. Frequently we wait until our lives are simply too big, too messy, or too complicated for us to manage before seeking out help. In the meantime, our problems don’t solve themselves. Quite often they get worse, involve other people, and begin to interfere with other aspects of our lives – like our families, our jobs, and our friends. Maybe this is your experience, or you’re afraid it will be. Because men in particular feel stigma around mental health, especially if we’ve achieved some personal or career success, this experience can be lonely – even isolating.
What you’re experiencing is what countless other men are facing as well. I know this because I see them in my office every day. Their stories are all unique; however, they share more in common than they know: burnout, depression, self-sabotage, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse and addiction. Left unchecked, each of these has the potential to create permanent damage. This is what I work to prevent.