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Signs of Anxiety

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Signs of Anxiety

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Anxiety affects people of all ages every day. Stressful lives, social expectations, and fear of failure contribute to anxiety in people across the United States. Unfortunately, this mental health condition is rarely discussed, especially among men. The signs of anxiety in men are often similar to those in women but may arise at different points in life or around different situations.

If you or a young man in your life is living with anxiety, Red Oak Recovery® is here to help. We offer anxiety treatment for young men ages 18-30 in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Learn about our holistic treatment programs now at 828.382.9699.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety in Men

The signs of anxiety in men can be different for each individual. In some, it can be very profound and evident. In other cases, it can be something you work to control and hide. Men often face stress and anxiety around particular situations. Their perceived role in society and the pressure to meet societal expectations can lead to feelings of anxiety. As men are often taught not to show their emotions, this can make it even more challenging for them to seek help.

Some common symptoms of anxiety in men include:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Irritability or anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension or stomach problems
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism

It’s important to note that anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel these symptoms from time to time, and that’s okay. However, if you frequently become overwhelmed or can’t seem to get things started or completed, it may be time to seek help.

Signs of an Anxiety Disorder in Men

Anxiety disorders go beyond occasional feelings of worry or nervousness. When these feelings become excessive, uncontrollable, and interfere with daily life, they may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Some common signs of an anxiety disorder in men include:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Panic attacks
  • Persistent, irrational fears or phobias
  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • Trouble with decision-making and problem-solving
  • Avoiding everyday activities due to fear or anxiety

Living with an anxiety disorder will impact your job, personal relationships, and general well-being. It’s essential to recognize the signs and seek treatment as soon as possible.

Steps to Take when You Notice Anxiety

Professional help is likely the best place to turn when you have an anxiety disorder. However, there are some things you can do before your first session.

Drinking Less Coffee

Caffeine can mimic and enhance anxiety symptoms. Drinking less coffee can reduce anxiety triggers and help the nervous system re-regulate more quickly once triggered.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is essential to combating anxiety. Because anxiety starts with ruminating on the past or future, returning to the present moment eases anxiety. Mindful practices help people connect to the present moment, often through breathwork. For many people, mindful exercise and meditation can relieve anxiety and help them understand the roots of their anxiety.

Eat, Sleep, and Learn to Recognize Potential Triggers

Nutrition and sleep hygiene can affect anxiety. By recognizing and understanding food intolerances, diet, and overall health, individuals can spot anxiety patterns in their lives. For many, work or school can be a source of anxiety. Recognizing and understanding these triggers can help people practice mindfulness before and during triggering activities. Exercise, especially outside, can help promote healthy sleep habits and reduce anxiety by processing adrenaline.

If you notice signs of anxiety in men in your life, encourage them to seek help. Red Oak Recovery® has a team of compassionate professionals who can provide individualized treatment for anxiety and other mental health conditions.

You Can Get Help for Anxiety

What many young men do not know is that anxiety is not something you have to deal with alone. Rather, you can get help controlling it so it doesn’t interfere with your life as much. The first step is to have a formal diagnosis of the condition. Because there are numerous types of anxiety disorders, you will need a diagnosis to address what you are experiencing. From there, treatment programs can begin to help you.

Red Oak Recovery® offers a range of treatment options that can help you to learn to overcome the signs of anxiety. Some of these include:

Trauma may have brought you to this point. For others, genetics may have created a heightened risk for anxiety. It doesn’t matter why you struggle with anxiety; we can help. You can live the type of lifestyle you desire. All you have to do is reach out now.

Call Red Oak Recovery® Now to Get Started

Learn more about the benefits of experiential therapy and wilderness therapy for anxiety and mental health. Call us today at 828.382.9699 or contact Red Oak online to get started in our anxiety treatment program.