Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety – What is it?

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Anxiety is a biological trait we all possess which is triggered in situations of danger and it is nature’s way of preparing us for fight or flight when we are feeling threatened or afraid.

So what causes anxiety? According to the psychiatric profession, it is not one single factor, but more likely a combination of things including:

  • A family history of anxiety – some people may have a genetic predisposition towards anxiety disorders, which can sometimes run in families.
  • Personality traits – some personality types may be at greater risk of developing anxiety disorders (those who are naturally timid).
  • Stressful life eventsanxiety disorders can be triggered by stressful events such as divorce, job loss, giving birth, abuse or loss of a loved one.
  • Health problems – certain physical illnesses can also contribute to anxiety disorders such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and heart disease.
  • Other mental problems – other mental health conditions such as depression can contribute to the development of anxiety disorders.
  • Substance use – the overuse or abuse of harmful substances can aggravate some anxiety conditions.