Boys and Mental Health: Combating Anxiety and Depression in the Digital Era with Lisa Mustard

In my latest episode, I explore the critical issue of boys' mental health, drawing inspiration from Jonathan Haidt's research. (Find the article here.) I delve into the significant shift from physical to digital activities since the 1970s and its impact on the mental and social development of young boys and men. I discuss the challenges posed by the digital world, including video games and smartphones, and emphasize the importance of balancing this with real-world interactions. I highlight the role of parents in modeling healthy behaviors and setting standards for technology use, physical activity, and emotional expression.

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I give practical advice for parents to support their sons, including encouraging physical activities, understanding different learning styles, and fostering social connections. I stress the importance of teaching boys to express their emotions healthily and building resilience through problem-solving and independence. Additionally, I remind parents to be vigilant about signs of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues in their sons.

I conclude the episode with a reminder about the importance of addressing personal mental health issues for the benefit of our children. I encourage listeners to seek professional support and underscore the role of parents in shaping their children's mental health.

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Mental Health Resources and Support: 

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Includes information on finding your local crisis center. Phone: 988 Website:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.SAMHSA’s National Helpline | SAMHSA

It’s important to stress that these episodes are not meant to take the place of any work you’re doing with your therapist or doctor. In fact, please run these ideas by your counselor or doctor before you act on them to make sure you are ready for them or even fit for the suggestions. I can’t stress this enough, each person is unique and their situation is unique so please talk to your dr before starting anything new I may be suggesting.

The Therapy Show with Lisa Mustard, and the information provided by Lisa Mustard, is solely intended for informational and entertainment purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment regarding medical or mental health conditions. Although Lisa Mustard is a licensed marriage and family therapist, the views expressed on this site or any related content should not be taken for medical or psychiatric advice. Always consult your physician before making any decisions related to your physical or mental health.

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