Stress, impact on men’s mental health
Articles on men’s health are usually about testosterone, strength, sex, and/or muscle. What is often overlooked are any underlying links that can cause problems in these areas. If a link is mentioned, it is usually limited to age.
Something that men rarely talk about that can be a major underlying risk factor for the main concerns mentioned above is stress. Most men would never think of discussing their mental health with their doctor or even a loved one, as it might make them look weak. However, even if men do not talk about their mental health, it exists. According to the American Psychological Association (APA):
• 9% of men have daily feelings of depression or anxiety.
• 1 in 3 men have taken medication because of these feelings.
• 1 in 4 men have spoken to a mental health professional.
• Over 30% of men have suffered from depression in their lifetime.
Men’s mental health and well-being must be recognized and addressed. Stress and mood issues can result even from everyday stressors in life, whether it’s finances, work, and family, or additional challenges like illness and relationships. What begins as stress can lead to further complications when not properly managed, with a range of issues spanning weight, digestion and other aspects of physical or mental well-being (EXCLI J. 2017 ;16:1057-1072).
In fact, chronic stress is an underlying contributing factor to many male-specific health issues. These include decreased sex hormones (testosterone), decreased sexual desire, negative effects on reproduction, and muscle weakness.
Although no pill, herb, or medication can eliminate the thoughts that can cause stress, many herbs can help support the body’s ability to cope, adapt, and even relax in the face of acute and chronic stress. …
Editor’s Note: To read this article in its entirety, including some herbal remedies Foreman suggests to help with stress, click the following link to access his full article in the “Natural solutions for men’s health that highlight” digital magazine.
David Foreman is a registered pharmacist, author and media personality known to international consumers as “The Phytotherapist Pharmacist.” A background in pharmacy and natural medicine places Foreman in an elite class of health experts who can teach integrative medicine practices. It helps consumers achieve health and vitality through its four pillars of health: diet, exercise, spirituality and supplements. Foreman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organic & Natural Health Association (O&N), and is the author of “4 Pillars of Health: Heart Disease.”