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Causes of Anxiety disorders

List of causes of Anxiety disorders

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Anxiety disorders) that could possibly cause Anxiety disorders includes:

Anxiety disorders Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender Profile of Anxiety disorders: Women are more likely than men to have an anxiety disorder. Approximately twice as many women as men suffer from panic... (Source: excerpt from The Numbers Count: NIMH) ...more »

Anxiety disorders: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Anxiety disorders: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Anxiety disorders as a symptom:

Conditions listing Anxiety disorders as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Anxiety disorders. Our database lists the following as having Anxiety disorders as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Anxiety disorders?

Causes: Anxiety disorders: There are many causes of anxiety. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to an environmental stressor, such as a motor vehicle collision. It can also be a symptom of a wide range of medical and mental health conditions, such as drug addiction, panic disorder, Alzheimer's disease, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, and psychosis, and head injury. Only a full medical evaluation by a healthcare professional can diagnose the cause of anxiety.
Article excerpts about the causes of Anxiety disorders:

Anxiety Disorders Research at the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH (Excerpt)

One or more fearful experiences can prime a person to respond excessively to situations where most people would experience no fear such as in the supermarket or only moderate nervousnesss such as giving a speech. In anxiety disorders, the deeply etched memory can result in hypervigilance, making it hard to focus on other things, and leading to feelings of anxiety in many situations. In people who have survived overwhelming trauma and developed PTSD, for example, even mild reminders of the trauma may initiate the fear response. People with specific or social phobia often completely avoid their feared situation. In panic disorder the chronic worry about having another attack may lead to stress-related conditions such as heart problems and irritable bowel syndrome. In people with generalized anxiety disorder, the chronic anxiety may prevent them from focusing on even the simplest tasks. The amygdala, although relatively small, is a very complicated structure, and recent research with animals suggests that different anxiety disorders may be associated with activation in different parts of the amygdala. (Source: excerpt from Anxiety Disorders Research at the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH)

Anxiety Disorders Research at the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH (Excerpt)

Research evidence points to genetics as a factor in the origin of anxiety disorders. Scientists have recently discovered a gene that influences fearfulness in mice. And NIMH-supported studies of twins have found that genes play a role in panic disorder and social phobia. Although genes help determine whether someone will develop an anxiety disorder, heredity alone can't explain what goes awry. Experience also plays a part. In PTSD, for example, the trauma is the experience that triggers the anxiety disorder; genetic factors may help explain why only certain individuals exposed to similartraumatic events develop full-blown PTSD. Researchers are honing in on the degree of influence that genetics and experience exert in each of the anxiety disorders information they hope will yield clues to prevention and treatment. (Source: excerpt from Anxiety Disorders Research at the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH)

Medical news summaries relating to Anxiety disorders:

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As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Anxiety disorders may be found in:


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