What Causes Anxiety?

Feb 28, 2023

If you wake up every morning with a feeling of dread, or experience constant worry, fear, or uneasiness, you may be suffering from anxiety. Anxiety can have a profound effect on your day-to-day life, making it difficult to function without feeling nervous or overwhelmed. But what causes anxiety?


There are many potential causes of anxiety, including genetics, traumatic experiences, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, brain chemistry, health conditions, and more. Genetics can play a role in developing anxiety, as some people are more prone to it due to their family history. Similarly, traumatic experiences and/or PTSD can increase a person’s vulnerability to anxiety, especially if the event has left them feeling scared or helpless. Substance abuse can also increase a person’s risk of developing anxiety, either due to the chemical changes in the brain from drug use or from the lifestyle changes associated with this kind of use.


Brain chemistry can also contribute to anxiety, as imbalances in serotonin and other neurotransmitters can lead to feelings of uneasiness and worry. Health conditions such as thyroid disorder, heart disease, or diabetes can also cause anxiety in some people. Additionally, environmental stresses such as financial strain, an unstable home life, or a chaotic work schedule can all put an individual at higher risk for developing anxiety.


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Living with anxiety can be a challenge, but understanding the potential causes is the first step in getting help. If you or a loved one are struggling reach out today for help.  We’re here for you!