What causes anxiety? We know that it affect up to 1 in 50 people during the course of their lifetime and that it’s much more common in women than in men. However there is no one that that specifically causes anxiety, it could different for everybody. Here are a few possible causes;
– Parents. We take a lot on board from our parents while we are really young. If you had an anxious mother, for example, you could be more likely to have ‘learnt’ anxious thought patterns and ways of feeling and behaving. However this doesn’t mean you can’t ‘unlearn’ them.
– Genetics. It’s thought there may be a genetic susceptibility although that doesn’t mean you are stuck with anxiety, it just may mean that it was more likely to be triggered in you than in someone without the higher genetic risk.
– Childhood trauma could trigger anxiety when you are older. The result could be that the fight or flight system is being triggered to protect us from traumas happening again.
– A stressful experience in life such as a death, a very stressful period at work or an upheaval at home, can all be causes of anxiety.
Whatever the cause of your anxiety, the good news is that anxiety doesn’t need to be permanent. You have an amazing capacity for change, growth and learning and your brain itself is plastic, always changing and adapting. By getting the help you need, adapting your lifestyle and building up your ‘calmer-me’ tool box, you can find a way to feel calmer and more relaxed.
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By Chloe Brotheridge