Generalized Anxiety Disorder Causes
(Also Known As: Panic Attack Causes, Chronic Anxiety Causes, Anxiety Disorder Causes, Severe Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Causes)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
What Causes Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Causes are numerous, as follows:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is closely associated with familial predisposition. There were twin studies conducted that are highly suggestive of the role of genetics in the formation of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The genetic factors identified were also closely related to those causing major depressive disorders.3
Almost half of the individuals seeking treatment involving mood and anxiety disorders are often due to substance dependence. Generalized Anxiety Disorder often exists before a person becomes substance dependent; however substance dependency encourages the anxiety disorder into a more prolonged state thereby progressing into a chronic anxiety condition.
The presence of another mood disorder such as Dysthymic Disorder or major depressive disorder, other anxiety disorders such as social phobia, Panic Disorder and other specific phobia, and substance-related disorders such as drug and alcohol dependence, can always harbor the development of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Stress related disorders can also be a pre-disposing factor to chronic anxiety.
The actions of two chemicals namely serotonin and norepinephrine were linked to a possible cause of the occurrence of chronic anxiety, as well as depression and other mood disorders. Prescription drugs that affect the actions of these neurochemicals in the brain can help one reduce or eliminate the symptoms of chronic anxiety.4
Researchers focus their attention on the amygdala, a brain structure which is responsible for the communication and processing of incoming brain signals to other parts of the brain that interpret them. If the amygdala is not functioning well it might bring threatening signals to the brain thereby causing the symptoms of anxiety.
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Others (Potential Risk Factors)
Painful Past Experiences
Body’s Biological Processes
Specific Medical Conditions such as Hyperthyroidism
Coping with a Illness
Personality Type of a Person
A History of Anxiety Disorder in the Family
Individuals with High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Where Anxiety Disorder is Very Common
Could You Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Topics
|Panic Disorder – Panic Attack, Anxiety, Anticipatory Attacks|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance|
|Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Anxiety, Impaired Functional Ability, Chronic Fear of Being Humiliated in Public, Panic Attack|