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How is Anxiety Caused?

Oct 11, 2007
Anxiety can be quite detrimental to your appearance, your social life and sometimes your overall health. When it lasts for long periods of time, it becomes a serious issue that should be addressed by a medical professional. Like any other health problem, there are many causes that can lead to severe anxiety.

A major cause of anxiety can be genetics. Biology determines a great deal of how we are, from eye color to nose shape, and right down to the main core of our personality. If one or both of your parents tend to worry about things frequently, then chances are you will have the same reactions to situations. It is possible for this type of trait to skip generations, but more than likely whatever does not trickle down from heredity will catch with you from the nervous environment in which you live.

Science plays a great deal in how anxious you might feel. But in this case it is not biology but chemistry that can impact you. The amount of serotonin or adrenaline or any combination of hormones can determine how you act and react. Since the brain is the center of all the activity of the nervous system, whatever is released into it will produce a specific behavior. When certain chemicals are elevated, it causes the nervous system to go into a state of panic, and you will be extremely anxious and frazzled as a result. Because of these occurrences, there are a wide variety of counterproductive chemicals that have been created, and are prescribed to people with chronic anxiety issues.

As alluded to before, your environment can heavily impact the amount of anxiety you may feel. But, even more than that, social pressures in your life can influence your personality, and cause you to be distressed about things you never thought you would worry about. Between work, children, pets, running a household and other such responsibilities, life can sometimes feel overwhelming. When things are thrown at us all at once, many of us tend to go into survival mode. Feeling intense nervousness and experiencing worrisome behavior can actually be quite normal when we feel trapped under pressure.

Lastly, past traumatic experiences can have a profound impact on the amount of anxiety that we regularly feel. Children who grew up in extremely abusive environments often grow up to very anxious adults. Veterans of war many times come back with a heightened level of anxiety. And also, survivors of major disasters are prone to severe anxiety disorders.

Since we often can trace the direct cause of our anxious behavior, the next step is to find ways to work through it. There is no point to going through life constantly feeling tense and worried. Over time, it will take its toll on you and you will find yourself feeling worn out and restless. Remember to take a step back, breathe, relax, and get plenty of rest. Everything falls into place. There is no need to worry about every little thing, because every little thing is going to be all right.
About the Author
Sherry Harris used to have anxiety. Now she gets a good night sleep with aromatic sleeping mist fragrances. If you have anxiety over money, relationships, or health, visit http://www.ScentToSleep.com. Why don't you bookmark the article you are reading right now? You know you will want to find it again soon.
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