Anxiety Symptoms in Men

Anxiety tends to be more prevalent among women; however, women tend to seek help more often than men do. Men tend to try to self-medicate their anxiety, and sometimes resort to alcohol which just makes their anxiety worse. In addition, because men often suppress their emotions, it may be harder to diagnose their anxiety. The following are typical tell-tale anxiety symptoms in men:

Men with anxiety will have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Even if they are very tired, it will be hard to fall asleep and they may wake up just a few hours later, even if they are still tired. Some men will deal with their insomnia using sleeping pills, but this will not be addressing the root of the problem, which is anxiety.

Another anxiety symptom in men is fatigue, which will be partly due to lack of sleep. Another cause of fatigue will be that the body will be constantly releasing stress hormones into the blood as a response to anxiety. A chronic stress response is tiring on the body and on the mind, leading to fatigue.

Anxious men often have digestive issues, including upset stomachs, nausea, loss of appetite, indigestion, stomach burn, diarrhoea, excessive flatulence or constipation. Again, some men will resort to antacids, laxatives or diarrhoea medications, but this will only provide temporary symptomatic relief.

Practically all men suffering from anxiety will be irritable and feel on edge most of the time. They will be feeling fearful most of the time and they will quickly lose their temperament. Even little things can make them upset or cause them to go into a rage, and this can take its toll on relationships.

Anxious men also suffer from frequent headaches, which are a result of constant worrying, stress hormones, lack of sleep, and possibly an unbalanced diet caused by digestive problems. They may also feel quick body temperature changes, will need to go to the bathroom more often and will experience a dry mouth.

Another anxiety symptom in men is respiratory problems, mainly shortness of breath and hyperventilation. Hyperventilation frequently occurs during an anxiety attack, but anxious men tend to have a higher rate of breathing most of the time. Hyperventilation tends to trigger the flight-or-fight response, which will make the person feel even more scared. In addition, rapid, shallow breathing can lead to a shortage of oxygen to the brain, causing headaches.