What causes anxiety disorders?

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What causes anxiety disorders?

It's normal to feel anxious over the course of day-to-day life, but if you feel anxious almost all the time, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a feeling that comes about as a response to worry or fear. An anxiety disorder is a mental illness that, if left untreated, can have serious health consequences.

People with anxiety disorders are often worried or stressed about things that don't pose a realistic threat. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, they tend to experience longer and more frequent periods of anxiety, even without a particular trigger. As anxiety takes over, these people struggle with ordinary activities or to just get through the day.

Why do anxiety disorders happen?

Of course, none of this explains why anxiety disorders happen in the first place. Researchers believe specific genetic and environmental factors are likely to contribute.

Other risk factors

Risk factors aren't things that cause anxiety disorders, but they do increase a person's risk of developing one. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, gender is a risk factor for anxiety disorders and women are more likely to experience them.

Final thoughts

Anxiety is uncomfortable, but it's not unhealthy. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, can be debilitating to a person's life, but effective treatment is available. Anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses go hand in hand, which makes anxiety disorder treatment that much more important to diagnose and treat; for this, you'll need an evaluation from a mental health professional. If at any point you find yourself struggling with these problems, speak to your primary care provider as soon as you can to try and get the help you need.

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