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Father's Day: Reflecting on men's mental and sexual health

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Men's Health Month is in June, and so is Father's Day. Most of the time, mental health for men is an issue that is often disregarded. 

6 million American males experience depression each year, and more than 3 million experience anxiety disorders, according to Mental Health America.  

It's therefore critical to pause for a moment to recognize the influence of mental health on how they can be good partners with their wives, fathers to their kids, and the general public. 

Men have genuine reasons for not valuing mental health, such as a lack of time to pause and check in with themselves psychologically. 

What is the outcome of not addressing mental health in fathers 

Failing to address mental health difficulties can lead to behavioral responses such as substance addiction, anxiety, and inability to concentrate, which can worsen if left unchecked.  

Men should learn to prioritize their mental health and count on a vast network of other fathers to see shifts in their behavior. 

Chatting with folks and being vulnerable with other males will help you realize that other men are going through something similar. 

It's also crucial to go past cultural and gender preconceptions. 

The amazing thing about humans is that we can evolve rather than become locked in a preconceived notion of how we should be. Don't be shy about asking a peer who has been a father, a peer who has had some troubles, or a peer who understands a professional if you haven't grown up in the template household. "We should all be connected." 

Brooks Herring, a PTSD veteran, says he has changed his mind on his mental health as a soldier, a student, and a father. He says he teaches his two sons how to manage their mental health the same way he does.  

"I want to set an example that it's good to be emotional, to have emotions, to check in with yourself, and to manage your mental health," he says. And it's because of it that you're strong," Herring says. 

Impact of Father's Day on men's health 

Father's Day is a holiday observed by fathers and grandfathers once a year on the third Sunday in June. For many fathers, though, this is not the case. Father's Day has a variety of effects on men's mental health. 

It's vital to remember men on Father's Day who: 

  • Are you having trouble becoming a parent because of a miscarriage, stillbirth, or child's death? 
  • Dealing with the transition to a blended family and figuring out their place in it 
  • Those who are having difficulty adjusting to their new roles as fathers 
  • Men who have suffered as a result of a traumatic childhood 
  • They are dealing with mental health issues, whether their own or their partner's. 
  • For whatever reason, they no longer have their fathers in their lives, and they no longer have their children.  

According to Fathers Network Scotland's 2019 study, 25% of fathers said they couldn't manage and didn't believe they were good fathers. 58 percent said their mental health had deteriorated since the birth of their most recent child, and 62 percent said their mental health had hampered their chance to establish a strong bond with their children. 

Father's Day can be challenging for new dads as well: 

  • They settle into their new roles and responsibilities while dealing with their baby's cries, increased household chores, and/or lack of sleep. 
  • Supporting the mother of the baby who is experiencing postpartum depression, as well as may be experiencing this themselves. 
  • Undergoing PTSD, anxiety, depression, and/or OCD, possibly due to helplessly witnessing a traumatic pregnancy and/or birth for their partner. 

If any issues brought up touch you or someone in your life, it is crucial to get assistance. But because of the stigma associated with mental health, this can be particularly difficult for men. According to research from the University of Surrey, men struggle to interact with others and/or ask for help because they worry about being perceived as failures or failing to keep the conventional masculine provider role. This may result in anxiety and sadness, among other mental health problems. Father's Mental Health Day strives to dispel the stigma associated with men's mental health and increase awareness of these problems. 

Do mental health problems affect sexual function 

Simply said, absolutely. People frequently believe physical factors are to blame for sexual dysfunction or issues. A wide range of medical illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, vascular problems, pelvic floor problems, hormonal imbalances, neurological problems, and other chronic conditions, can cause sexual dysfunction. However, it is important to recognize mental health's impactmental health's impact on a person's sexual function. 

Premature ejaculation and anxiety 

"Premature ejaculation" refers to ejaculation occurring within one minute of penetration. Premature ejaculation can be caused by various psychosocial factors, many of which are linked to anxiety. 

Premature ejaculation can be caused by various factors, including financial difficulties, job stress, and interpersonal issues. To make matters even more complicated, worry can be both a cause and a consequence. 

Fortunately, premature ejaculation can be avoided by concentrating on the couple's interactions rather than some imagined flaw on the man's part.  

Erectile dysfunction and depression 

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by various circumstances that may or may not be addressed by a medication. 

Erectile dysfunction is caused by relationship difficulties, a lack of libido, and insufficient sexual stimulation (foreplay). In men, depression and antidepressants, as well as recreational drugs like opiates, can lead to a lack of sexual desire over time due to fatherhood challenges. Male libido can be zapped by pornography addiction and its link to excessive masturbation. 

Final thought 

With Father's Day approaching, we thought we’d take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to discuss men's mental and sexual health. 

Happy Father's Day if you're a father! After all, it is only through good health that a father can continue to accomplish all of the things we admire about him.  


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