Life Risks

Life's lemons may not only increase your risk of developing a generalized anxiety disorder but may also present opportunities to make lemonade.

Being Female
Females are more likely than males to suffer from a social anxiety disorder.

Brain Chemistry
According to medical researchers, the natural chemicals in your brain may be unbalanced and this can contribute to anxiety.

Brain Function
A part of the brain called the amygdala may play a role in controlling the fear response. An overactive amygdala may have an increased fight/flight response, causing increased anxiety in social situations.


Generalized anxiety disorders tend to run in families.

Childhood ADD/ADHD/
Traumatic Experiences

Children who endured neglect, abuse or trauma, including witnessing traumatic events such as a difficult family break up are at higher risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder at some point in life. In addition, some of the symptoms of childhood ADD seem to mirror symptoms of adult anxiety disorders.


Children who are withdrawn or timid when facing new situations or people may be at greater risk.

Health Issues
Having a chronic health condition or a serious illness such as chronic pain, heart issues or cancer, can lead to constant worry about the future or treatment. In addition, a physical condition can also increase self-consciousness and anxiety.

Life Stresses

A traumatic event or a culmination of a number of smaller stressful life situations may trigger excessive anxiety.

Personality Type
Certain personality types seem to be more prone to anxiety disorders. In addition, some personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder may be related to generalized anxiety disorder.


Fear is catching! Social anxiety disorder may be a learned behavior. If a person has a sensitive nature, witnessing the anxious behavior of others may lead to acquired anxiety by association. Parents who are worriers or over protective can leave their children vulnerable and unequipped to cope with life's normal stressors.

Substance Abuse
Anxiety runs the engine of our mind way too fast. The brain needs to cool its jets. It is no wonder that we see people self-medicate with food, drugs, nicotine, caffeine or alcohol. This can actually do more harm than good.

Yes, there is more to this... Other Complications
An anxiety disorder complicates life in more ways than just worry. It leads to other health and social issues.
  • Depression
  • Marriage breakdown
  • Substance abuse
  • Gambling
  • Religious addictions
  • Poor sleep hygiene (insomnia)
  • Digestive or bowel problems
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger issues
  • Suicide
"Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen." (James Russel Lowell)

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