Stress can come from any situation
or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What
is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear.
is a psychological and physiological state characterized by cognitive,
somatic, emotional and behavioral components. These components combine
to create an unpleasant feeling that is typically associated with
uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Anxiety is a generalized
mood condition that can often occur without an identifiable triggering
stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which occurs in
the presence of an observed threat. Additionally, fear is related
to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety
is the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable
The exact cause of anxiety is not fully known, but a number
of factors including genetics, brain chemistry and environmental
stresses appear to contribute to its development.
Genetics: Some research suggests that family history plays a
part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop
anxiety. This means that the tendency to develop anxiety may
be passed on in families.
Brain chemistry: anxiety has been associated with abnormal levels
of certain chemical messengers in the brain. They help move
information from nerve cell to nerve cell. If disturbed they
can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, leading
Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events, such as
abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools,
may lead to anxiety. It may become worse during periods of stress.
The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including
alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can also worsen anxiety.
drugs, both recreational and medicinal, can lead to symptoms
of anxiety due to either side effects or withdrawal from the
drug. Such drugs include: Alcohol, Amphetamines, Bronchodilators
can have a number of different causes. It is a multidimensional
response to stimuli in the person's environment or a response
to an internal stimulus.
A child's genetics, biochemistry, environment, history and
psychological profile all seem to contribute to the development
of anxiety disorders. Most children with these disorders seem
to have a biological vulnerability to stress.
Loss of Appetite
Lack of concentration
Shortness of Breath
Increase In Blood Pressure
Difficulty Staying Asleep
Disturbed Sleep Pattern
Unrefreshed By Sleep
symptoms of anxiety are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation
by asking questions about your medical history and performing
a physical examination. Although there are no laboratory tests
to specifically diagnose anxiety disorders, the doctor may use
various tests to look for physical illness as the cause of the
The doctor bases his or her diagnosis of anxiety on reports
of the intensity and duration of symptoms including any problems
with functioning caused by the symptoms. The doctor then determines
if the symptoms and degree of dysfunction indicate a specific
Anxiety is diagnosed if symptoms are present for more days,
during a period of at least six months. The symptoms also must
interfere with daily living, such as causing you to miss work
If no physical illness is found, you may be referred to a psychiatrist
or psychologist, mental healthprofessionals who are specially
trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses like anxiety.
Treatment most often includes a combination of medication and
People suffering from anxiety disorders often participate in
cognitive behavioral therapy, in which you learn to recognize
and change thought patterns and behaviors that lead to anxious
In addition, relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and
biofeedback, may help to control the muscle tension that often