Men of Steel
— How a Superhero Culture Created an Emotional Health Epidemic —
American males commit suicide nearly four times more frequently than females, yet women are far more frequently diagnosed with depression than men. Historically, cultural norms and sociopolitical influences often craft formidable barriers to males seeking timely clinical intervention and sustaining engagement in therapy. This review serves to identify, understand, and mitigate barriers while also identifying areas of transference and counter transference within the therapeutic relationship that jeopardizes rapport, motivation for support, and engagement.