What causes anxiety?
Updated: Mar 13
No one person knows entirely what causes anxiety in people, but the are many common factors that can contribute to this condition. We have taken a look at some of the most common ones below.
1) Can anxiety be inherited?
Some research shows that if you have a relative that anxiety problems that this will increase your likely hood of expericing anxiety yourslef. However there is not enough evidence to show if this is related to genetic factors, or because it's a learned behaviour passed on from our close family members.
2) Past or Childhood Experiences
If you have had a difficult childhood, issues growing up or during adulthood, can all contribute to an increased chance of developing anxiety. Stress and Trauma are likely to have an increased impact if you're young when this happens. Triggers can include:
* Physical or Mental abuse
* Parental loss
* Bullying or any aspect of social exclusion
* Parenting styles that are overprotective or emotionally inconsistent
* Money worries
3) Physical or mental health problems
Some people have issues with anxiety due to living with a physical health condition. It's also far more common in people who also suffer from depression
4) Drugs and other medications
Anxiety can be a by-product of some medications and other recreational drugs.
The NHS has several guidelines about how to treat Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD) These follow quite closely our approach when dealing with a client in a holistic manner. They include
* Self-help - either attending a self-help course, or using a talking therapy based approach
* Stopping smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
* Cutting down on the stimulants - e.g. caffeine
* Mindfulness approaches - for example using the NHS Apps Library