Men and The Stigma of Chronic Pain

Timothy Gunnells and David Heflin co-host this episode on the specific struggle of men and chronic pain. Why are men so less likely than women to talk about it? Why do they avoid doctors or connecting with other men who have similar struggles? And how can we change the dangerous downward spiral of mental health amidst chronic pain isolation in men? Tim and David explore these issues and more in this episode of “In The Seams.”

Trigger Warning: We discuss mental health and suicide in this episode at length. Here is a suicide hotline number if you need to reach out for help: 988 (Calling from U.S.) or visit their website: https://988lifeline.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=onebox

Sources mentioned in this episode:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8405105/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5845507/

https://www.pathways.health/the-male-stigma-in-chronic-pain/

https://livethepain.org/men-in-pain-how-ideals-of-masculinity-harm-men-with-chronic-pain/

David can be reached at David@brokenandmended.org

Tim can be reached at Tim@brokenandmended.org

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