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What causes anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural and important part of our emotional experience.It is part of our fight-or-flight response that helps us identify, evaluate and respond to potential threats to our survival and safety. Anxiety can be a powerful motivator and get us to seek out solutions to problems.

However, when this fight-or-flight response is activated too often or not able to downregulate and readjust after a threat has been managed, we can develop an anxiety disorder.

What causes anxiety attacks?

There are many possible causes for anxiety attacks. Causes for anxiety may include having experienced a stressful life event or trauma, growing up in a very stressful and chaotic environment, your own personal temperament and personality traits, and social learning from anxious people around you. It can be difficult to identify causes for anxiety and these can vary from person to person and may include multiple causes or factors that make a person more likely to experience anxiety. It is recommended that you work with an experienced psychologist to carefully assess whether you have an anxiety disorder since anxiety is often misdiagnosed and can be part of other mental health conditions such as mixed anxiety and depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, for example.

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Causes of anxiety disorders

What is an anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder is often a chronic condition where our internal system that manages threats and ensures our survival and safety is over-active or unable to shut off effectively. People who suffer with an anxiety disorder often experience a heightened sensitivity to stress, chronic worry and overwhelm, rumination and a sense of being pre-occupied with things that can go wrong or become problems. Common symptoms of anxiety are muscular tension, difficulties breathing, tightness in the chest, sweating, finding it hard to relax, and constant worry.

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Treatment for Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety - common anxiety treatments

Anxiety is often treated by highly trained and experienced psychologists. This is because clinical practice guidelines recommend psychological treatments for anxiety since medications to help in managing anxiety can be highly addictive. Such psychological treatments for anxiety usually include cognitive behaviour therapy which focuses on teaching the patient to manage unhelpful thinking and unhelpful behaviour patterns that exacerbate anxiety. Anxiety treatments usually include relaxation training, training in deep abdominal breathing, which is a powerful anxiety management technique, as well as practical strategies to help in managing worry and overwhelm more effectively. People with anxiety often over-estimate the level of threat and often under-estimate their resources in managing the threat. As such, psychological treatments for anxiety focus on assisting the patient to shift their thinking and learn more helpful thinking skills to assist in challenging their unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

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