Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety Counseling in DTC

As a high-achiever, you often deal with anxiety and fear. In most cases, you probably ignore the signs or simply do not recognize them. Anxiety can be problematic in achieving your goals because it generates self-doubt and causes you to second guess yourself. It gets in the way of your self-confidence and slows down your decision-making process. To better understand the symptoms, continue reading below. When you are ready, reach out to schedule a free consultation.

Anxiety Symptoms in Men

Anxiety symptoms in men are more common than you think. If you are reading this then you are wondering if you are experiencing anxiety. Since you have already run a google search and come across this page, odds are the answer is yes. To be sure that anxiety is the culprit here, let’s go over various symptoms in men. The is to understand and build awareness and knowledge of your anxiety symptoms. With new information at hand, you will be better equipped to make an important decision regarding seeking professional help for yourself. 

 Fear

Fear is the layman’s term for anxiety whereas anxiety is more of a clinical term for medical and mental health professionals. They both mean the same thing. A sense of fear to the point of discomfort. Anxiety shows up when we think about the future. It stems from having a lack of confidence in a particular outcome. More specifically, you fear your ability to avoid an unwanted outcome. Anxiety is a normal human reaction and feeling a sense of fear weekly is not abnormal. The purpose of this emotion is to keep us alive. Humans are inherently fearful of things or situations that are life-threatening. The issue is when the fear response happens frequently over things that are not life-threatening. This is when people begin to use the word anxiety more frequently. 

 Worrying

Another anxiety symptom in men is constant worrying. In the previous paragraph, I mentioned that anxiety or fear is a normal human reaction. This still holds true with the exception of frequency. If you notice you feel anxious or have uncontrollable worry nearly constantly, this is a sign of disruptive anxiety. The constant worry is not only mentally and emotionally disruptive, but also has physical side effects of which I will discuss later in this post. The reason why the constant worry is something I state as disruptive is that it is difficult to focus on other things. When you constantly worry about various things you leave little mental space for anything else in life. Things like joy, laughter, and happiness seem to be to elude you. The less you worry the more room you have for other thoughts and feelings. A lack of joy can lead to depression which is why seeking professional help for anxiety is important to consider. 

Concentration Problems

Due to the interruptive nature of anxiety symptoms, you may experience problems in your concentration. This is because your anxiety is looking for a threat to handle. Since dealing with threats is more important to your overall safety, less important thoughts or tasks get pushed aside. This is more often noticed when you are learning something new. For example, you are in a new job learning your new position. Instead of focusing on learning your role, you fear what people think of you and become distracted. You then feel you are not learning fast enough and now fear being let go for being unable to learn or for being a slow learner. The truth is you are not slow, you are simply distracted by your emotions. 

Edginess

Attached with the constant anxiety is being on edge. You respond as if anything can go wrong at any time. This frequent fear can lead you to be guarded more often than not. If you are trying to protect yourself constantly, you become on edge. This leads to another anxiety symptom in men, irritability. Being on edge is exhausting both physically and mentally. It’s like always operating without enough sleep and you become generally irritable. You being more irritable often leads to your social life becoming unhealthy. When you are on edge most of the time, it becomes challenging to stay calm when things do not work out in your favor. So you fight with people in your social circle more often. The increase in arguments leads to more fear. You become more fearful of fighting with others which can lead to social isolation. 

Racing Heart

A symptom of anxiety you may experience that is often ignored is a pounding or racing heart. Fear is an emotion that motivates the body to move. For example, you are hiking in the mountains and you hear a mountain lion. You might run or you might freeze up. The fear motivates you to get ready for action. Either a full-out sprint or a fight for your life. Pounding or a racing heart is a symptom of anxiety. Again, fear exists to keep you alive during life-threatening situations. Another example is having the same reaction to social interactions. You fear going into a meeting at work or doing a presentation for your peers and your heart begins to race. You are acting the meeting or the presentation will get you killed. This is why counseling for anxiety can be beneficial as talking to a therapist will help you manage these reactions in harmless situations. Since anxiety causes increased heart rates, you will sweat more often. This anxiety symptom in men is often ignored as many other factors can cause excessive sweating. Perhaps you are an inherently warm person, or the Summer heat is in full effect. Maybe you overdressed for the weather. This symptom is easily masked by other considerations. However, if you have a racing heart and sweating in a situation where there is no threat. This could be anxiety rearing its head. 

 Muscle Tension

A second symptom that is often ignored is muscle tension. Most people attribute this to needing a massage to relax. The tension will go away through a massage but eventually return. Being on edge is the culprit of anxiety which leads can lead to muscle tension. Since you are looking to guard yourself almost constantly, your muscles become tense. Muscle tension occurs when your body is prepared to take action. This tension is not designed to be held up for long periods of time. Over time the tension begins to take a physical toll on the muscles. Which motivates the need for a relaxing massage. 

Five-Step Solution Process

Step 1: Book your first appointment. The majority of people do not make it this far. Once you complete this step, there are only 4 more to go!

Step 2: Understand your pain points. The first four sessions must be consecutive in order to fully understand your pain points. This will give you time to fully express your concerns and allow time to build rapport.

Step 3: Identify which skills and techniques you need to develop in order to move forward.

Step 4: This is where the hard work begins, taking action using the skills and techniques you have developed in order to move past your pain points.

Step 5: This final step occurs when you have moved past your pain points and are now looking forward to life. This is when planning and maintenance begin. In order to continue the forward movement, specific and detailed plans regarding effective use of the skills you have built will need to be laid out to encourage you to be self-sufficient.

How long will these 5 steps take? On average, clients go through this process in 3 to 6 months. Everyone is different so there is always room for more or less time as needed by each individual.

Life After Counseling

Imagine having confidence in every decision you make and every step you take. Think of not repeatedly second-guessing yourself and fearing all your self-doubts are true. Imagine not having uncontrollable worry throughout the day. Think of coming to a decision faster as you won’t be doing mental gymnastics between several options. You can feel less on edge and be less irritable which will leave more room to relax and enjoy your life. Picture having more focus since your anxious thoughts will not be interrupting you making learning and completing tasks a more pleasurable and quicker process.



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Greenwood Village, CO 80111

James.Marrugo@MorningCoffeeCounseling.com
720.253.8272

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