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How Anxiety Impacts Men

Man Experiencing Anxiety and Substance Abuse

The symptoms of anxiety in men are often hard to see. That’s because men are not always willing or open to expressing themselves. Yet, anxiety in men is painful, complex, and hard to overcome even when you desire to do so, leading to drug or alcohol dependence. If you are struggling with anxiety, recognize there is authentic help that can provide you with a way to overcome these challenges. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers can offer that type of support, including a men’s rehab program.

The Symptoms of Anxiety in Men

The first step in understanding how anxiety impacts men is to consider the most common symptoms of anxiety in men. That’s because men are more likely than women to mask their thoughts and feelings, making it harder to see what’s really happening. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Physical symptoms such as sweating, a pounding heart, and stomach problems
  • Headaches – and claims of intense headaches
  • Shutting down and being less able to talk about what’s happening
  • Sleeplessness and insomnia
  • Using games, the internet, or other activities to distract themselves
  • Not being willing to talk about what’s happening or why

Why Anxiety in Men Is Hard to Admit

There are a lot of stigmas about the way men should deal with emotions, trauma, and stress. Sometimes men feel they are being weak or labeled as such if they admit they are anxious. They may feel overwhelmed with what’s happening to them, but they would rather not think about what’s happening than admit they don’t know how to overcome it.

Anxiety in men can come from many places. This includes traumatic past experiences that are not properly processed by the brain. It may come from poor relationships with family and friends. Sometimes medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease can cause the onset of anxiety. Other times, changes in hormones, including low testosterone, can lead to the onset. Many men face constant stress leading to high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. This often creates intense anxiety in some people.

What Can Happen if Men Don’t Get Help?

Anxiety can impact men in many ways. Sometimes this is all internalized until it can no longer be managed safely. Other times, it can lead to intense aggression and outbursts. In still other situations, men may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms. Sometimes, they enter into depression as a result.

Embrace Treatment for Anxiety in Men

At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, we offer a range of treatment programs designed to empower you to change. If you have anxiety symptoms in men, it’s time to find a way forward that gives you confidence and strength. We operation sober living homes that are well respected for providing a safe, positive place to recover. In addition to this, we also offer a range of therapy options to support you as you overcome drug and alcohol addiction or mental health disorders.

To learn more, check out the programs we offer, including:

  • Men’s rehab program
  • Women’s rehab program
  • Day partial hospitalization programs
  • Day intensive outpatient program
  • Evening intensive outpatient program

Find the Support You Need at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers

Are you facing the symptoms of anxiety in men? Do you wonder how you are going to get through these intense thoughts? When it comes to anxiety in men, it is a very real, authentic, and important emotion to pay attention to, especially when it turns into a mental health disorder. If you struggle with anxiety, recognize it, and then seek out help. At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, we offer a range of treatment options to help you do just that. Learn more by connecting with us online or calling 855.732.4842.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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