What Are Some Common Mental Health Issues That Men Experience?
MoodRx Clinical Staff - 2024-04-01

What Are Some Common Mental Health Issues That Men Experience?

What Are Some Common Mental Health Issues That Men Experience?

Men's mental health issues can sometimes be overlooked or underrepresented due to societal expectations and norms surrounding masculinity, which often discourage emotional expression and seeking help. However, men face a unique set of mental health challenges, influenced by social, cultural, and biological factors. Here is a comprehensive list of the most common mental health issues experienced by men:

  1. Depression: Men may experience depression differently than women, often exhibiting symptoms like irritability, sudden anger, increased risk-taking, and substance abuse, in addition to the more traditional symptoms of sadness and loss of interest in activities.
  2. Anxiety Disorders: This includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Men may be less likely to report feelings of anxiety and more likely to express it through physical symptoms or irritability.
  3. Substance Use Disorders: Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs and are more prone to developing a substance use disorder, often as a means of coping with other mental health issues or stress.
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): While PTSD is commonly associated with military combat, it can also result from other traumatic experiences. Men may be less likely to seek help for PTSD symptoms due to stigma or perceived weakness.
  5. Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts: Men make up the majority of suicide deaths in many countries. They are more likely to use lethal means and less likely to seek help or express suicidal thoughts beforehand.
  6. Antisocial Personality Disorder: This disorder is characterized by a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. It is more commonly diagnosed in men than in women.
  7. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Although ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, it can continue to affect individuals into adulthood. Men with ADHD may exhibit symptoms such as impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty focusing.
  8. Eating Disorders: While often perceived as more common among women, men also suffer from eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, though they may be less likely to seek treatment.
  9. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): BDD, involving obsessive focus on perceived flaws in appearance, affects men and women but can be particularly challenging for men due to less societal acceptance of body insecurities in men.
  10. Work-Related Stress: Men often face significant pressure to fulfill the traditional role of a provider, which can lead to work-related stress, burnout, and identity issues, especially during economic downturns or job loss.
  11. Relationship Stress: Challenges in romantic and familial relationships can significantly impact men's mental health, but societal norms may discourage them from expressing emotional vulnerability.
  12. Anger and Aggression Issues: Some men may express mental health struggles through anger or aggression rather than sadness or anxiety, which can lead to difficulties in relationships and at work.
  13. Compulsive Gambling: Gambling disorder tends to be more prevalent among men than women and can lead to significant financial, personal, and emotional problems.


Addressing men's mental health issues requires overcoming stigma and encouraging open conversations about mental health. It's important for men to recognize symptoms of mental health issues and seek professional help when needed. Support from friends, family, and mental health professionals can play a crucial role in prevention and treatment.