As young men undergo the transition to full adulthood, there it is all too common that internal issues begin to manifest themselves, externally, into problematic behavior patterns that cause them to lash out at those who love them or withdraw from all social contact. Antisocial, violent, and self-destructive behavior doesn’t come from anywhere, though.
The key to changing problematic behavior is to recognize and address the underlying causes of why a person acts the way they do. The answer for each young men is unique and different, and many of these cases are tied up in conjunction with each other (or at least they can be), but there are some common threads that we find drives the behavioral problems that we see in them…
Oftentimes, mental disorders that cause troubling behavior can stem from psychological damage, or trauma. A traumatic event that occurs when a man is younger, even as a toddler or baby, can affect their mental development and impact their behavior for the rest of their life. Like an infected wound, mental damage can fester if it isn’t addressed. This is why so many types of therapy are focused on events in a person’s past. Societally, trauma especially tends to be a problem for men because of the harmful stereotypes that men who talk about mental problems are weak and inadequate.
We tend to look at substance abuse as an effect of troubling behavior, rather than a core cause. However, the reality is far more complicated. While substance abuse can stem from trauma or mental disorders, people who are introduced to an illicit substance when they are younger are more likely to develop a dependency. This leads to a full-on addiction, which is a behavioral disease that needs to be thought of as such. Addiction functions by causing cyclical problems that can lead a person to engage in other problematic behavior, such as lying, emotional abuse, violence, and stealing, among other things.
Finally, mental disorders can come from a variety of places and are all too common in today’s world. If left untreated, mental illness can manifest itself into a variety of different behavioral problems. Similarly to trauma, it is more common for men to allow a mental disorder to go undiagnosed and untreated, because of negative stigmas about a man going to therapy that still persists in many places in the world. Here are some of the most common mental disorders that young men suffer from.
- Bipolar Disorder
Know a Troubled Young Man in Your Life?
If you know a young man that continually engages in antisocial and self destructive behavior, then know that there is hope for things to get better. At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, our nature and gospel-based program helps men with a variety of mental problems. We specialize in addiction recovery, vocational rehab, and life skills training! Give us a call today to learn more!