Men and Anxiety

What we believe to be considered a stigma is an actual problem in our society. That is the idea of men having to express and deal with anxiety. A lot of times when men try to reach for help it isseen as a form of weakness. Because of this, a lot of men deal with their anxiety through other activities like alcohol abuse or anger issues.

Studies have shown that one in five men will go through an anxiety disorder; however, psychologists worry that many cases are going unreported. This is due to fact that many are just not coming in to report their issues. This needsto change because reaching out for treatment should not be considered a stigma, it should be a healthy way to get the problems resolved. Getting help should be the first option for dealing with anxiety or depression, because alcohol use and anger issues are never good options.

Andrea Peterson in her article In Men, Anxiety Can Often Look Different writes about how some doctors like Dr. McKay from Fordham University do not use the word “anxiety” during the first couple of therapy sessions with men because it helps them feel more comfortable calling it coaching or helping with performance. There are ways for men to feel more comfortable with therapy and society should not scare them away from reaching out for help.

Written By – Akash Patel

What is an emotional crisis?

An emotional crisis can occur any time, even when we least expect it. It is not uncommon for emotional crisis to arise suddenly, and one moment feel fine and in the next feel extremely overwhelmed.  The crisis can be triggered by the sudden loss of a loved one, hearing alarming news or being triggered by a traumatic event or memory. According to the American Psychological Association, an emotional crisis can come on suddenly and common physical symptoms may also appear. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Ignoring your own personal hygiene
  • Sudden change in sleep patterns. Either sleeping more than usual or having an unusually challenging time falling or staying asleep.
  • Significant weight gain or loss.
  • Experiencing intense changes in mood
  • Withdrawal from routine activities.

An emotionally crisis can be triggered by certain events such as:

  • A sudden loss of a loved one
  • Losing your job suddenly
  • Hearing worrisome news

Those who experience an emotional crisis need immediate help, which may sometimes be after hours. With our Psych Urgent Care those in crisis are able to be seen swiftly to handle any of their mental health needs.