Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or even substance use disorder can create feelings of vulnerability, fear, insecurity and weakness.

Men who attempt to live by masculine stereotypes run the risk of suppressing their emotions, which can lead to ineffective coping. Problems with anger, over-working, substance abuse, or other forms of addiction (gambling, video games, etc.) can also occur. Men who isolate from others to avoid their feelings struggle internally, and their relationships at work and at home may also suffer.