Anxiety and anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health challenges for men. At least one in five men will experience an anxiety disorder. And that is considered an underestimate as many men often do not seek assistance and push through and find other coping.
My hope by providing this specific page for men, that there is more awareness of the symptoms and toll anxiety can have on men.
Anxiety can encompass a spectrum of disorders. Please see my page on Anxiety Disorders for more information.
Most people feel anxious or nervous over things like making public speeches or tests, etc. (although I do have some nice treatments for those situations)
When anxious feelings or nervousness become so severe, they interfere with your ability to work, maintain relationships and get a decent night’s sleep, and decrease your sense of wellbeing and quality of life, it is time to get help.
Physical signs of anxiety may include:
- pounding or racing heart
- excessive sweating
- muscle tension
- restlessness or agitation
- dizziness, vertigo, wooziness, or feeling shaky or unstable on your feet
- shortness of breath or choking sensations
- panic or anxiety attacks
- Stomach pain and/or diarrhea
- Tremors or shakiness – internal feeling or externally seen
- Chest Discomfort or tightness
- Sometimes numbness in extremities or transient sensations
- Physical pains like stomach pains, jaw pain from clenching in sleep, and muscle spasms.
Emotional signs of anxiety may include:
- frequent worry about what could go wrong in the future or rehashing what went ‘wrong’ in the past
- feelings of dread, panic, or chronic worry
- concentration problems
- catastrophic thinking
- irritability, anger, or edginess or crankiness
- being overly cautious or vigilant towards danger of self or loved ones
- fear of losing control.
- Feel the need to check things like the door lock to ensure safety
- Fear of not being in control
Anxiety and Depression often go hand-in-hand and it is difficult to separate the two. They often feed off of each other.
Please see the page on Men and Depression for more information.
What are some of the most common reasons for anxiety in men?
It is often multi-factorial. Many men push through long-term difficult things mentally and physically. This is wearing on the mind, body, and spirit. For anxiety, often there is an environmental aspect or trigger, such as work, finances, health, family, or other stressors. Sometimes just physical or mental exhaustion or fatigue can set off or worsen anxiety. Sometimes there is a hormonal aspect, such as thyroid, adrenal, testosterone, and more. Sometimes it is a nutritional deficiency that could be due to many reasons. Some people have a genetic predisposition, and it is showing up. Sometimes it is due to medications a man is on and is a side effect. Sometimes it is chronic pain or chronic conditions like diabetes that contribute. Therefore, it is so important to find all contributing factors and why I take the time to do so with my patients.
Why is Telemedicine a great option for treating anxiety disorders in men?
Telemedicine is easy, convenient, and available through the comfort and privacy of or your own home or office. Many men feel like they can open up easier with telemedicine. Even National Suicide and Depression hotlines are adding more tech-friendly options for reaching out, like text and email, and it is really helping people get access. The other thing is that if people have agoraphobia or Social Anxiety or if they need extra privacy, often seeking medical help online is very helpful. My male patients love telemedicine.
How experienced and comfortable is Dr. Litov with treating men struggling with anxiety?
I work with a lot of men with anxiety, depression, and other mental health, and physical health conditions. I see many men in my practice.