Three Common Causes Of Anxiety In Adults

Three Common Causes Of Anxiety In Adults

Every day, there are situations which ordinary people encounter which may lead to some sort of feelings of anxiety. These general bouts of anxiety are a general part of life, which may arise when facing a difficult problem at work, going on a blind date, or making a tough decision. These bouts with anxiety are difficult on us, but pale in comparison to the feelings of an anxiety disorder. These adverse feelings gain a grip on our lives, interfering with our basic abilities to function which negatively affect our relationships, work, or school. Anxiety disorders are not a laughing matter and are to be taken seriously.

Anxiety is a hard disorder to diagnose because there is a wide spectrum of causes. In this article, we will look at some of the causes of anxiety.


When Voices In Her Head Take ControlAnxiety disorders have been studied and researched for many years. A common connection that keeps coming up is the link between the anxiety disorders and genetics. But even then, that does not paint the whole picture of the influence of genetics on a person.

If has been investigated and recorded that close members of the family, including relatives outside the immediate family, tend to share some inherited traits. It may be the case that if one member of the close knit family suffers from an anxiety, than other members of the family will also show symptoms of anxiety, even if the diagnosis may not be the same.

Another factor of genetics, which does not stem from familiar inheritance, would be just a complicated mixing of genetic factors. Per science, a person’s chemical makeup is made up of multiple factors from their parents. It is often hypothesized that there are dormant genes that establish themselves as dominant in a person when certain triggers occur. Thus a person may have an anxiety disorder when there is no medical family history suggesting so.

External Factors

Person in need having a counseling sessionExternal factors is a broad category top put causes in, but to say it in short, they are things that out of the immediate control of the person. Let’s take a look at some of these factors.


One of the biggest factors is traumatic experiences. Traumatic experiences are broad in themselves and may consist of different occurrences such as abuse or death of a loved one.  Following a traumatic event, a person may begin to develop symptoms of anxiety which would become an invasive part of their lives. Usually the traumatic events are repeated when the person experiences a trigger, or some sort of sharp action which automatically make them relive the traumatic experience.

Another big external factor which may lead to anxiety is stress. Stress can occur anywhere, whether it at work, school, or the household. People encounter stress throughout their everyday lives. But if there is no release from the stress and that stress builds up, it leads to bigger problems such as anxiety. Stress may also be coupled with traumatic experiences which would be a lot for one person to take care of, and lead to some serious symptoms of anxiety.

There are also things in the environment that are not necessarily traumatic experiences. A lack of oxygen tends to cause adverse feelings in people, including anxiety. Being deprived of oxygen in the brain and anxiety attacks have an inverse relationship as well. Not getting into too much detail, symptoms of anxiety may lead to someone shorting themselves of oxygen.

Substance Abuse

There are a lot of adverse conditions that stem from substance abuse, both physical and mental. Substance abuse and anxiety disorder exist in a vicious cycle. Substances such as alcohol, which is a depressant, can lead directly to anxiety disorders. On the other hand, stimulants such as caffeine, lead to anxiety indirectly when the person loses that onset high.

One of the biggest pitfalls is the treatment of anxiety with substances such as drugs and alcohol. Acting in this way, a person only elevates the problem and falls deeper into substance abuse. As the cycle continues, the person then makes it harder to treat their underlying psychological disorders.


These are three very common causes for anxiety disorders in people. There is still much unknown about anxiety and it would be wise to consult a trained medical professional about anxiety to learn more. Luckily, there is always someone to help you if you seek it even it it means adopting an animal for therapy purposes. In the end, keep your head up, get the proper medial evaluation and need, and keep progressing towards the goal of properly treating your systems.