Trigger warning for discussion of mental illness.
Next week I’m beginning a series on masculinity and depression, and to kick it off I thought I’d open up a thread about the men here’s experiences with being mentally ill. Anything from mild depression to being Baker Acted multiple times is welcome in this discussion. The experiences of women who were male-assigned at birth or anyone on the transmasculine spectrum are also encouraged, in addition to cis men. If you are concerned about your anonymity, I encourage you to choose a pseudonym.
A few thoughts for discussion. What role did masculinity play in your mental illness? Did symptoms manifest in a gendered way (for instance, depression shown as anger as opposed to crying)? How did other people’s perceptions of your masculinity change because of your mental illness (family, friends, partners, therapists)? Have you sought treatment? If so, did masculinity make you more or less likely to seek treatment, and did it have any effect on your treatment process? If not, did masculinity have a part in getting you to not seek help?
A reminder: although NSWATM comment policy does permit the reclamatory use of the word “crazy,” you’ll be stuck in moderation, so you might want to avoid it. In addition, don’t be that douchebag. Do not deny someone else’s mental illness by saying they’re making it up, it’s not serious or they’re just looking for attention, but instead be supportive of everyone who is sharing their experiences.