Anxiety and panic attack disorders can interfere with your daily life and spoil the growth you could otherwise achieve. So what causes anxiety and why do people get them?
Let’s have a look at some of the most notorious Anxiety Disorder Causes:
Anxiety is known to have a hereditary link, your family tree may have a person who suffered from depression and anxiety and you have inherited the same gene that caused anxiety in your relative. These genes may remain inactive in your other relatives but it has become active in you due to some additional factors.
Females are more likely to suffer from anxiety than males. You will be able to notice this yourself if you join a support group that deals with anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Males are known to have a harder time dealing with anxiety disorders than females.
Panic attacks most likely affect people in their teens or early twenties. Most of the people with anxiety disorders are between ages 18 and 30.
About 67% of people suffering from depression are known to suffer from anxiety disorder symptoms. This is due to similar neurotransmitter malfunction in both conditions.
Stress releases a bunch of destructive chemicals into the nervous system and this can trigger anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders may show up during stressful life changing events such as a divorce, death of a loved one, breakup, a recent move, or loss of a job.
Child abuse has been linked with increased likelihood of anxiety and panic attacks and best and careful treatments are required for the same.
Long term use of medications such as benzodiazepines (sleeping pills) are known to cause anxiety disorders, if you are suffering from anxiety disorders, it may want to analyze any medication you are taking.
Some medical conditions are known to be the Anxiety Disorder Causes, these conditions include hypoglycemia, inner ear infections, heart conditions, hyperthyroidism, vitamin B deficiency.
UNSTABLE HOME ENVIRONMENT AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES:
Issues of instability at home and in relationships can act as a continuous sources of stress and cause anxiety.
The relationship between Stress and Anxiety:
Stress can be a large factor in anxiety and as mentioned earlier it causes a release of hormones, which can result in imbalances in the body. Serious stress can lead to a weakened immune system, which can result in the person falling ill more often, the long-term effects of such repeated episodes of illness can be devastating and can lead to disorders such as anxiety. It has been proven that repeated stress with no positive outcome(aka failure) can lead to decreased production of Brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) in the brain, this decrease can lead to depression.
The person often becomes irritable, emotional, bitter, burns energy reserves easily, withdraws from friends and family and has low self-esteem, and feels hopeless.
The situation can get further complicated when the person tends to lose sight of his/her goals and ends up even more frustrated because (s)he is not being the person they were truly meant to be.
Under stressful situations the dormant genes become vulnerable in a few individuals and have a high chance of getting activated, in fact many episodes of serious illness often begin during a period of low immunity and often follow a viral attack.
If you find yourself anxious, it would be a good step to take out a sheet of paper and list out your major fears and sources of stress in your life and build a plan to deal with them.
You need to take time out for yourself to figure out the reasons that could be contributing to your anxiety and also check out the most successful treatments for this.
If your anxiety is biological, then you may need medicine to get rid of your anxiety, however if your anxiety is caused by stress or other psychological issues then psychotherapy may be the right option for you.
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