Factors Causing Anxiety

November 12, 2012

Factors Causing Anxiety

There are a number of factors known for causing anxiety. Being aware of them is often all it takes to prevent or treat the problem.

It can sometimes be hard to identify the direct cause of anxiety as everyone has different triggers and react differently to things going on in their lives. Through research however, scientists have managed to identify some potential and known factors causing anxiety and have separated them into three main groups. These groups can be labelled as brain chemistry, heredity and life experiences.

Brain Chemistry

In many of the cases of reported anxiety, the underlying cause is thought to be linked to the individual’s brain chemistry or due to a chemical imbalance. The reason this is thought to be the case is down to the fact that many patients respond positively to medications that are used to alter the chemistry of the brain. In these cases, it is likely that the chemical imbalance triggered the symptoms of anxiety. Thoughts and feelings are controlled by something in the brain known as neurotransmitters or chemical messengers such as dopamine and serotonin. It is these chemicals that when unbalanced can create a feeling of depression or anxiety.

Heredity and Genetics

Research has revealed that anxiety disorders commonly run in families suggesting that genetics is another factor causing anxiety. If your parents or other members of the family have suffered from anxiety or related conditions then you have a more likely chance of also suffering from it at some point during your life. Children seem to be at an even higher risk if symptoms of anxiety were clearly visible to them on a regular basis such as by their mother or father in the home. In these cases cognitive behaviour therapy is usually an effective treatment as the patient learns to change the way they think.

Life Experiences

It is thought that individuals who suffered from abuse, violence or poverty, especially during childhood may well develop symptoms of anxiety based on these experiences. In these cases it is the opinion of most experts that in the same way it has been learned, the behaviour can also be unlearned. Other lifestyle choices such as the consumption of caffeine, cocaine and amphetamines are also causing anxiety as well as feelings of panic and terror that continue long after the drug has been taken. Other lifestyle factors causing anxiety include exhaustion, stimulants and side effects of other medications. Holding in negative feelings for a prolonged period of time can also be a trigger. Life changes can also have an effect such as changing jobs, losing a loved one or pregnancy. It not always the case that the factor causing anxiety belongs to just one of these groups as it is possible to be a combination of many things.

As further research continues, along with the development of new technologies, treatments are improving and potential preventative measures are also being looked into. The more that is known about the causes and the more awareness there is of factors currently known to be causing anxiety, the better the outcome will be in the future. There is already a number of possible effective treatments available so anyone who suspects they are suffering from anxiety is advised to inform their doctor or health care provider who will be able to provide help as well as further information.

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