Article Discussion I am a man and I have anxiety.

ARx182

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I agree. Anxiety is natural - it is not specific to a gender, and there is no need to be ashamed of having anxiety, because regardless of whether we reveal it to others or not, we all experience anxiety at some point.
 

ZandraJoi

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That's a good article to post. People think that men need to be 'strong' & 'macho'. But mental health can affect any gender, at any age.
 
Anyone can have anxiety. These whole gender stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. They aren't real. Everyone is a human and we all deal with different things and sometimes those things are anxiety or forms of it.
 

ALLEGRA

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This one thing we never come to in terms with. Being a male doesnot mean that you are insulated from emotions and anxiety. Numerous times, I have felt anxious because of my relationship issues and work stress.

It took me a lot of time to understand that its common and that its okay to speak out.
 
This one thing we never come to in terms with. Being a male doesnot mean that you are insulated from emotions and anxiety. Numerous times, I have felt anxious because of my relationship issues and work stress.

It took me a lot of time to understand that its common and that its okay to speak out.
Yeah, it sucks that this is a thing... I really wish people wouldn't put mental health only on women... men and women both have the same issues.
 
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Anxiety is so hard to deal with especially, in my experience, as a man.
Well done on being open and honest.
 

Dave

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I've moved my comment to the discussion thread as it seems a more appropriate place to air it.

Well done on bringing this issue into the light. There is both a stigma and illusion that men should always be strong and tough and never show their emotions. Whilst we (I am a man too BTW) may have a shell that is built differently to women, we still have the same emotions that can become our worst enemy when least expected.

You are correct in saying "It is okay to vulnerable" if we could not, then we would be devoid of emotions. There are many instances of anxiety and depression that can affect men and many causes that breaches the barriers of strength we possess. It can also be worse for men because of the stigma that comes with appearing weak; that is not to say that women cannot be affected badly too, but men have to deal with the unwarranted shame that comes from appearing weak. In such instances, the anxiety and depression will also feed from these negative feelings making matters worse.

Personally, I feel that it is a strength, not weakness, for men to come forward and share their feelings - it takes courage to admit that you are not what others expect you to be, and that is a failing on their part, not yours because people should accept you for who you are and not what they want you to be.

There is a native American saying that I am fond of using liberally that I would like to share:

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes could shed no tears"

So, let people see the rainbow of bright colours that make up part of who you are, don't be afraid to share your feelings with someone, or a group of people, you trust. We are all human and by being human you are allowed to be fallible because no one is perfect - even those who believe they are lol.
 
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