Treating the Male Experience

The American Psychological Association has drawn up new guidelines for clinicians treating men and boys. Central to that project is understanding “what’s making their lives untenable.” Among the issues affecting them are elevated levels of depression and anxiety, and heightened suicide and overdose rates.

The APA has done the same for other groups including women and LGBTQ people. But APA is walking a tricky tightrope here, acknowledging the unique challenges of the male experience while critiquing the norms of masculinity.

But the goal, Ryon McDermott, an author of the guidelines, is “to understand men as multidimensional individuals… There are many different ways of being masculine.”  

The Atlantic


 

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