Common Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Having difficulty controlling worry

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

Do You Have Anxiety

Download this 10-question assessment and find out. The Beck Anxiety inventory assessment has been around for a long time and well-respected. Results are not formal but will give you an idea about the severity of anxiety symptoms.

 

 

 

When to See a Counseling Professional or Doctor for Anxiety

  • Your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control

  • You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem

  • You feel like you're worrying too much and it's interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life

  • You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety

  • You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — if this is the case, seek emergency treatment immediately

Causes of Anxiety

The causes of anxiety disorders aren't fully understood. Life experiences such as traumatic events appear to trigger anxiety disorders in people who are already prone to anxiety. Inherited traits also can be a factor.

Men Experience Anxiety As A Punch in the Gut

Men with anxiety often experience shame. While men and women share many symptoms of anxiety, shame is a factor for men because we're socialized to have "all the answers" and stay in control. Anxiety on its own is not easy to control and can be experienced by men as weakness. This vulnerability can be embarrassing and prevents men from seeking professional help (even though it's confidential). By the time many men DO seek help, their condition is severe and well-entrenched.

Using Substances To Cope 

Our body creates its own chemicals to help us manage emotional pain. However, there are certain behaviors and substances that further elevate the production of these chemicals. Behaviors like indulgent eating, sex, risk-taking sports and gambling are common. Substances including alcohol, marijuana, opioids and nicotine produce similar effects. As the brain conforms to these chemical "inputs", their effects are reduced and require higher dosage to maintain the pleasant feelings they produce. This cycle can become a habit of substance use that grows into addiction.

Learn More About Male Anxiety

This 2:30 min Video Tells You How Therapy for Men Is Different.

... that's Thought Looping. It's a common symptom of Anxiety.

Are You "Thought Looping?"

When one negative thought leads to a more negative thought, which leads to an even MORE negative thought, which leads to an EVEN MORE  negative thought...

Therapy for Male Anxiety In Colorado

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 Ric Taylor, MA • Touchbase Counseling Network • Lone Tree, CO