Common Causes of Anxiety

It’s not fully understood what it is that causes anxiety. It could stem from life experiences such as traumatic events that trigger anxiety disorders, or it could also be an inherited trait from genetics. Anxiety may also be a symptom of underlying medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, or many others. It’s important to discuss your symptoms of anxiety with your doctor so that they can understand what it is causing it.

Environmental & External Causes of Anxiety Disorder

  • Trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one
  • Stress in a personal relationship, marriage, friendship, and divorce
  • Stress at work
  • Stress from school
  • Stress about finances and money
  • Stress from a natural disaster
  • Lack of oxygen in high altitude areas

Anxiety Causes by Medical Issues

  • Stress from a serious medical illness
  • Side effects of medication
  • Symptoms of a medical illness
  • Lack of oxygen from emphysema, or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung)

Anxiety from Substance Abuse or Withdrawal

  • Intoxication from an illicit drug, such as cocaine or amphetamines
  • Withdrawal from an illicit drug, such as heroin, or from prescription drugs like Vicodin or benzodiazepines

Anxiety Causes by Genetics

It has been suggested by some researchers that a family history of anxiety increases the likelihood that a person will develop it. That is, some people may have a genetic predisposition that gives them a greater chance of suffering from anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Caused by Brain Chemistry

Research has shown that people with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain are more likely to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. When neurotransmitters are not working properly, the brain’s internal communication network breaks down, and the brain may react in an inappropriate way in some situations. This can lead to anxiety

There are many reasons that an individual may be suffering from anxiety. It’s imperative that you reach out to a medical professional if you are having prolonged symptoms of anxiety. Our expert team for anxiety disorder in Delray Beach is able to diagnose and treat you so you can begin to feel better. Contact us today to set up your appointment.



Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez


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