All of us are born with the instinctive “fight or flight” response that helped our ancestors escape predators and other threats.
When we are afraid, concerned or stressed, the part of our brain responsible for the fight or flight response will generate the nervous, fearful sensation we call anxiety.
Where does anxiety come from?
A range of factors can work together to cause an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders regularly have a genetic predisposition towards them, and physical factors, such as an imbalance of hormones and chemical messengers in areas of the brain, also play an important role.
What percent of population has anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
Can anxiety be passed down?
Parents pass on the risk of developing mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, to their children, a new study has shown. Children can inherit over-active brain circuits which link three parts of the brain, making them more prone to anxiety and depressive disorders, according to scientists.
Are you born with panic disorder?
The first is that there is almost certainly a genetic predisposition to panic attacks. Some people are born likely to develop panic attacks under the right circumstances, and some people couldn’t have a panic attack if you paid them. We’re all born with a variety of innate tendencies.
What causes a person to develop anxiety?
However, as with most mental illnesses, researchers believe anxiety is caused by more than just genetics. Anxiety disorders likely develop from a complex set of risk factors including brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Less commonly, medical conditions are known to cause anxiety disorders.
How do I know if I suffer from anxiety?
Other symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include the following:
- Difficulty controlling worry.
- Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge.
- Easily fatigued.
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank.
- Muscle tension.
- Sleep disturbance.
- Exaggerated startle response.