I am a doctor. I specialize in men’s health. I have seen many types of injuries in my career, but nothing compares to the pain and suffering that comes from having a chronic pain syndrome. The most common type of chronic pain, such as back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain, can be treated with medication.
When I was young, I was always the one my dad would call when he was feeling down. He would tell me about his struggles with work, his family and his finances. He would turn to me for advice and for comfort. I grew up knowing that I would be the one to help my dad when he needed it most.
One in four men will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Yet, men are less likely to seek help for their condition than women are. This holds true for both depression and anxiety, which are the most common mental health issues among men. In fact, one recent study found that only half of men with major depression sought treatment.
The men’s health system is in crisis. Millions of men are living with the consequences of a system that has failed them. They are dying earlier, experiencing higher rates of suicide, and are being left without access to the health care they need. The men’s health system is the largest health care system in the United States, and yet it has been woefully inadequate in addressing the needs of men.
My name is Andrew Grajkowski, and I am a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan.
- Tijani Pepper is a news reporter at Panel News, and gistreportar. He is a passionate journalist in Politics, Sports development and investigative journalism.
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