We've all heard the expression, "It's all in your head," and there's more than a grain of truth there. What goes on in your brain-your mental health-affects everything: your mood, your physical health, your behavior, how you sleep, your appetite, your relationships, your social life, your performance at work or school, and more.
When your mental health is good, you feel good-and most of us do, most of the time. But we all have our ups and downs, and we all have moments when we feel sad, worried, angry, nervous, or afraid. Usually, though, those feelings go away within a day or two, and overall, we can handle what life throws at us pretty well.
But sometimes those negative feelings don't go away quickly. Instead, they linger for weeks, months, or longer. Small obstacles that wouldn't have bothered you before, become overwhelming. It may be tough to get motivated or make decisions, everything seems harder to deal with, and life is less enjoyable.
If you've ever felt this way, the good news is that you're not alone. Depression, anxiety, stress, and mood disorders can strike anyone. We hope that this book will provide men of all ages, and those who love them, with realistic information about these issues along with practical actions that can make a difference in their lives. In this book, experts in the field of men's health and wellness provide insights and reflections on the emotional needs of men as well as how men can ask for help, with dignity, when needed for these often devastating medical conditions.
You can read more about the Authors, Contributors and Advisors here.
Your Head: An Owner's Manual is a publication of the Men's Health Network.