Navigating the Maze: Men and Anxiety

By Molly Stackhouse

Despite being a widespread mental health issue that affects people of all genders, anxiety is frequently misunderstood and stigmatized. Due to societal standards of masculinity, men's anxiety experiences in particular are frequently disregarded or minimized. In this blog post, I highlight the particular difficulties faced by men who are suffering with anxiety and look into strategies for fostering awareness, support, and wellbeing.

Understanding the Anxiety in Men

Men often exhibit symptoms of anxiety that differ from the stereotypical image of excessive worry or fear. Instead, worry in men may emerge as impatience, aggression, or agitation. They might have trouble focusing or feel the need to be constantly busy, which could lead them to exhibit restless behaviors to divert attention. Physical symptoms like headaches, muscle tightness, or gastrointestinal difficulties may also accompany their anxiousness. These atypical presentations can lead to underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis, as both healthcare providers and men themselves may fail to recognize these manifestations as underlying anxiety. This makes it challenging for others, including men themselves, to identify it as a mental health issue because it might hide the underlying worry.

Fighting the Stigma

In order to encourage men to talk openly about their anxiety, it is critical to combat the stigma attached to men's mental health. The first step is realizing that anxiety does not discriminate depending on gender. Men should be encouraged to express their emotions, realize that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, and realize how important their mental health is in addition to their physical health.


Create a network of support by getting in touch with dependable friends, family, or partners and talking to them about your thoughts and feelings. Having a support network can give one a sense of belonging, practical help, and emotional validation.

Highlight the advantages of obtaining professional assistance

Men can examine their anxiety in a safe environment with the help of mental health specialists, who can also teach coping mechanisms and resilience-building techniques. Psychotherapy aids patients in recognizing and comprehending the anxiety-provoking triggers. Through guided discussions, exploration, and reflection, mental health professionals help clients recognize patterns, thoughts, and situations that activate their anxiety. People can create effective coping mechanisms by developing an understanding of these triggers.

When it comes to their mental health, including their anxiety, men need the same degree of care, understanding, and support. We can enable men to seek treatment without feeling ashamed or afraid by combating the stigma and encouraging an atmosphere of openness and support. Remember that everyone deserves the chance to live a life free from the stress of untreated mental health disorders since anxiety knows no boundaries. Together, we can dismantle the obstacles and provide men the tools they need to flourish emotionally and mentally. Schedule a 15 minute free consultation with Southern Maryland Mental Health today!

Molly Stackhouse is a therapist located in Calvert County, Maryland.  She owns a private practice located in Southern Maryland where she specializes in working with adolescents adults who experience panic attacks. Additionally, she has a strong understanding of the different types of trauma and the different ways that people respond to trauma. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and brainspotting. Additionally, she is a nationally certified school psychologist..

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