Men and Mental Health

Position paper on court mandated mental health treatment for men who batter

Many courts throughout the country are using mental health treatment as a penalty for men’s acts of assault against their partners.

It is our strong professional determination, based on many decades of work in the field, that an order for mental health treatment as a sanction for an assault is not the appropriate response.

Calling it Anger Adds to the Danger

Anger Management Policy Statement

With decades of experience to draw upon, we have determined that most people who are thought to need anger management programs already know how to manage their anger, and do so, on a daily basis in a wide variety of settings.

It is particularly worrisome when a man is ordered to an anger management program due to his "anger" at a woman who is his wife or intimate partner.

New Brocure: for Men and other Support People during Her Abortion Process

After a lengthy review process, The Feminist Women's Health Center, in conjunction with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, are proud to announce the debut of a brochure entitled "for Men and other Support People during Her Abortion Process".  The brochure addresses the need for comprehensive education and sensitive rendering of the challenges faced by males and other supportive parties bringing a woman into health-care settings for an abortion.

Gastrointestinal Well-being Plays a Key Role in Men's Health

Despite the prevalence of gastrointestinal conditions among the male population, many men continue to suffer quietly from severe diseases that typically receive less funding for research and treatment than other health conditions. Experts estimate that over 1.4 million individuals in the U.S., many of whom are men, are currently suffering from digestive diseases.

A number of medications widely prescribed to men can increase the risk of serious gastrointestinal disorders.

Male Sexual Dysfunction: Pharmacology vs. Mental Health

Urologists estimate that about 30 million American men suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction, and many clinicians believe that number is rising. Viagra, the pharmacological treatment for impotence, went on the market in April of 1998. Pfizer, Inc., its manufacturer, rates its success as high as 80 percent. Men are expected to find the drug far more desirable than the penile implants, vacuum pumps, and injections and other standard medical treatments for impotence.