Five Causes of Anxiety Attacks
There are 5 common causes of anxiety attacks. Anxiety is experienced by all humans at some point in their life
Some people have minor anxiety attacks. Others have episodes with crippling effects with emotional and physical symptoms that prevent them from leading a fulfilling life. It’s hard to know who will develop the more intense anxiety and panic disorders
Here are five potential causes that give some clues as to why anxiety affects some people, but not others.
1. Genetics –(Not a Helpful Belief)
When a person seeks treatment for anxiety, it is not uncommon to find other members of their family have suffered through the years as well. Having a parent, sibling, or another relative with anxiety does not mean that anxiety will be a problem for you.
Anxiety disorders may seem to exist more in some families than others; it is most likely a result of family environment, learning’s, self-concept and beliefs. While there may be some genetic influence in anxiety disorders–the belief that various forms of mental illness is inherited is debilitating and not helpful. A much more helpful belief is that people have the ability to learn, grow, and change their mind.
2. Excessive Long-Term Stress
An anxiety disorder is characterized by unwarranted fears and worries that interfere with daily life. Some days can be more stressful than others. Some fears are imaginary or ‘conjured up’ and some are real.
Extreme stress that continues for long periods of time can trigger physical and mental responses that are not appropriate. Take a Break !
While some people work well under pressure and thrive during stressful times, others react to extreme stress with physical behaviors-fights, arguments, avoidance- and mental responses-negative self talk, ‘pity parties’ and feelings of overwhelm or delusions of grandeur.
3. Post-Traumatic Stress
Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety. It occurs in the aftermath of a tragedy or major life event. Someone who experiences a situation where their life is threatened, the suicide of a loved one, someone who is in a devastating accident, or is the victim of a crime, may suffer from anxiety immediately following the incident, and it may continue for an indefinite period of time.
The affected person may have recurring nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating or hyper vigilance. Another of the major symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder is denial.
4. Environmental Triggers
Some people experience anxiety when they pick up on certain triggers in their natural environment. For instance, one person may have an anxiety attack when they are asked to speak in front of a group, while someone else may experience extreme anxiety if they have to go outdoors after dark.
Everyone experiences fear and some discomfort in some situations, but those with an anxiety disorder will feel the anxiety to an extreme level when certain environmental triggers are presented.
5. Vitamin B Deficiency
Anxiety can occur when the body runs low on vitamin B, especially when there is a severe shortage of the vitamin. While most people have other causes to blame for their anxiety disorder, this is something to consider if you suddenly start experiencing anxiety without excessive stress or a recent tragedy to blame.
An over-the-counter vitamin supplement may be all it takes to correct this deficiency and overcome the related anxiety, but it is not always that simple to treat the chemical causes of anxiety attacks. Go in for a check-up and have your doctor check for a deficiency before you start treating yourself.
It is possible to experience intense anxiety for no reason at all, so you cannot assume that this is the cause of your problem when all other potential causes are ruled out. You may suffer anxiety just because…
Millions of people have these qualifications but never experience an anxiety attack, and some people who do not fit any of these causes will suffer from attacks. There are no universal causes of anxiety attacks, but most sufferers will relate with one or more causes of anxiety attacks on are on this list.