Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health disorder experienced by men.
It is believed that anxiety among men tends to center on feelings of a lack of control and the perception of “being a failure”.
Expert Anxiety Therapy
What is Anxiety? The feeling of dread or worry about a situation can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. According to Healthline, anxiety is the body's reaction to stress. It is a normal part of life to experience anxiety occasionally.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder. Approximately 18% of the population suffers from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders differ from anxiety because anxiety disorders involve extreme fear and worry.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that anxiety orders can be persistent, uncontrollable, and overwhelming. They are as real and serious as medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But there is effective treatment available.
Type of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are diagnosed by a doctor. The doctor performs a physical exam, asks about anxiety symptoms, and may do blood work or other tests to rule out any other diseases that could cause anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health states there are different categories or types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Phobia-Related Disorders
Each type of anxiety disorder has a different focus.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Those who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder experience excessive anxiety or worry that occurs on most days for at least six months. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic describe these symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
- Persistent, extreme worrying or anxiety
- Imagining worst-case outcomes and dwelling on plans and solutions for them
- Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren't
- Difficulty handling uncertainty
- Fear of making the wrong decision, causing indecisiveness
- Inability let go of a worry
- Inability to relax
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Muscle aches and tension
- Being easily startled
- Stomach issues, including bloating or diarrhea
People who have Generalized Anxiety Disorder may worry about their health, work situations, social interactions, and other everyday life circumstances. This type of anxiety can affect a person's social interactions, personal relationships, school, and work.
Panic Disorder involves having sudden and repeated attacks of fear. These attacks can last a few minutes or even longer. Some people explain having a panic attack often feels like they are having a heart attack because of the physical symptoms their fear creates.
Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Ponding or accelerated heart rate
- Feeling out of control
- Feel like you are choking
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath
- Thoughts of impending doom
People with Panic Disorder often worry about when the next panic attack will happen. They may avoid places or situations where they've had panic attacks in the past. Panic Disorder can affect a person's ability to function in society because of the worry and avoiding triggers for future attacks. The effort to avoid future panic attacks can sometimes lead to agoraphobia.
A phobia is an intense fear or avoidance of certain objects or situations. Someone with an allergy to peanuts might strongly avoid them, but a Panic Related Disorder is an irrational fear out of proportion to actual danger.
The American Psychiatric Association identifies three types of phobias:
- Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder
- Specific Phobias
Social Anxiety Disorder is the excess fear of situations where a person might be judged. It includes worry about embarrassment or humiliation, or concern about offending someone. Agoraphobia often develops after panic attacks. It is the fear of places or situations that might cause feelings of panic, embarrassment, or trapped.
Specific phobias can take many forms. Some common specific phobias include, but are not limited to:
- Specific animals, such as spiders, dogs, or snakes
- Crowded spaces
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Medication can help correct chemical imbalances in the brain that lead to anxiety. Although Anxiety Disorders are common, there is treatment and hope.
In the following sessions, we will work together to:
- reduce the amount of worrying and introspection you are doing
- resolve any practical problems that are causing you stress
- work on any relationship difficulties you may be having
- help you balance your thinking so you are not plagued by
- as you feel better, gradually introduce elements to your life that will protect you from becoming depressed again
Anxiety can be debilitating.
But there is hope, and I think I can help, so please contact me. Let's work on this together.