Why Does One Get Anxiety Disorder?

Some of the different types of anxiety disorders are:

  1. Generalised anxiety disorder (excessive worrying related to multiple causes and accompanied by physical symptoms)
  2. Panic disorder (experiencing excessive physical and mental distress with symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, trembling and chest pain)
  3. Phobias (having an excessive and irrational fear of a particular object, situation or activity)

What can cause anxiety disorder?

The exact cause behind anxiety disorder is not yet known; however, probable causes could be:

  1. Experiencing traumatic or stressful events, such as bullying, abuse, or violence.
  2. It could also be a symptom of other conditions such as panic disorder or social phobia or other types of phobias.
  3. Family history of anxiety disorder. Individuals with a family history of this disorder are 5 times more likely to be affected with generalized anxiety disorder.
  4. History of drug or alcohol abuse.
  5. Being affected with painful conditions such as arthritis for a prolonged period.
  6. Hypersensitivity and overactivity in areas of the brain associated with behaviours and emotions.
  7. Imbalance of chemicals in the brain that control and regulate mood, namely, noradrenaline and serotonin.
  8. Sometimes generalised anxiety disorder may affect a person with no apparent reason.

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