Many adolescents and adults end up in a hospital emergency department thinking they are having a heart attack only to be told it is anxiety. This can be very confusing as the physical symptoms of a panic attack are incredibly intense and terrifying with panic attack suffers frequently reporting an overwhelming sense that they are dying.
Typically there are a number of factors that contribute to the experience of anxiety and rarely is there anyone cause. The experience of anxiety differs from person to person depending on their genetics, life, upbringing and unique personality characteristics. Nevertheless, we have come up with the top five anxiety causes listed here.
When we feel anxious it generally means we are worried about something bad happening. There are an infinite number of things that we can be anxious about; such as, spiders, being humiliated, germs or being hurt. In order to simplify things researchers have categorised the worries into six general areas. It is important to remember that everyone has worries and fears! However, when these worries start to impact on your happiness or prevent you from doing things that you enjoy – that’s when they start to become problematic and affect our day-to-day functioning.