This article is a look into the symptoms and causes of anxiety disorders. When anxiety levels gain control over a person’s life, it is imperative that the person get medical help to successfully manage the disorder.
Symptoms and Causes
Fearing the worst
Watching for indications of danger
Twitches and tremors
Feelings of a blanking out of the mind
Shortness of breath
Frequent diarrhea or urination
Below is a discussion on the various causes of anxiety disorders:
Lifestyle Factors/Stress Overload
Biological Factors – Each and every person is born with a “fight or flight” response meant to safeguard one from harm. If there is any threat to a person’s existence, the fight or flight response causes mental and physical changes which encourage the person to safeguard his survival. These changes can be shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, or muscle tension. A person with an anxiety disorder would usually have a physical overreaction to stress.
Childhood Environment – The childhood environment has a bearing on how the person would behave and think as an adult. The adults that the child had contact with may have meant well, however, he may have developed beliefs and habits that led to anxiety. One example is having been brought up in an environment which was not emotionally or physically safe.
Genetic Factors – Research reveals that OCD disorder runs in families. This family tendency may be attributed in part to genetics and in part to the way the person is brought up.
Lifestyle Factors/Stress Overload – Bad lifestyle habits such as lack of sleep and/or exercise, poor diet, or overwork would encourage the development of anxiety and cause unwanted stress.
Thought Patterns – Negative thought patterns such as victim talk, perfectionism, “what-if” thinking, and “all or nothing thinking” are cause enough for an anxiety disorder to develop.