The conversation delves into societal pressures, self-image concerns, identity crises, and the impact of age and gender on mental health issues. The themes touch on the evolving landscape of mental health awareness post-pandemic, the prevalence of body image-related issues in women, and the different psychological challenges faced by men and women as they navigate various life stages.
Q. Mental Health is this something you’re seeing post-pandemic? People are talking more about it now. Are there specific age groups opening up more about their mental health issues?
A. Yes, there’s definitely a noticeable trend post-pandemic. Adolescents through middle-aged individuals are coming forward more now. We’ve all undergone significant psychological struggles during the pandemic, and both men and women are seeking help more readily. The advocacy for mental health during that time played a crucial role in this.
Q. Did the pandemic make women stronger? Men have seen a different side of how women manage things.
A. It’s hard to attribute it directly to the pandemic, but there’s increased accessibility and approachability to therapists and psychologists. The collective psychological struggles during the pandemic compelled people to seek help.
Q. Absolutely, the pandemic was traumatic for everyone. It brought both growth and challenges. But concerning image and weight-related issues, are women more affected?
A. Yes, there’s a substantial focus on women’s appearances, leading to higher instances of eating disorders and body dysmorphia. However, concerns about appearance are prevalent across genders due to the influence of social media.
Q. For someone struggling with body image issues, what advice would you give?
A. Individuals facing body image struggles often have underlying low self-esteem. These issues stem from societal pressure, bullying, and traumatic events. Therapy aims to help them embrace imperfections and understand they don’t have to conform to societal norms.
Q. Are men going through similar issues?
A. Men also face challenges but often focus more on achieving certain positions and power in their careers and homes, while women continuously deal with societal beauty standards.
Q. Is there a specific age when these issues intensify?
A. For men, it might be in their 40s, feeling a need for significance and relevance. Women in their 40s or 50s undergo a self-identity crisis when family roles change, and they seek validation in different areas.
Q. So, it’s about self-reflection and self-identity at that age?
A. Exactly. That’s when people reflect on their achievements and self-concept, trying to understand their identity and purpose.