Men are suffering a different kind of midlife crisis

May 21, 2019 - 9:03 pm

Kansas City, MO - For the middle-aged man, a midlife crisis isn't unusual. The sports car, a new image, a major home renovation, but there's startling findings from the Institute of Fiscal Studies that say suicide rates and substance abuse are on the increase when it comes to this group. 

Licensed specialist and clinical social worker, Sarah Adair says many men are resistant to getting help because of the stigma attached to mental health. 

"The didn't even realize that was a possibility, that they could talk through some of these things and get help, and have support," explains Adair.

Adair says many men feel more comfortable speaking with their doctor about their concerns and can then be pointed in the right direction.

She says men often turn to alcohol to deal with issues, but there are some red flags to look for, such as needing alcohol to reduce anxiety or negative thoughts. Adair says to ask yourself what role alcohol is playing. 

According to the report, middle-aged men are more likely to die ‘deaths of despair’ because of low earnings, loneliness and family breakdown. Adair says as you reach midlife, it begins to quiet down and thoughts become louder. 

 She says men need to know that it's ok to seek therapy and it's normal to feel nervous, but by seeking help, it is possible to feel better than you do right now. 

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