Anxiety: causes, symptoms and management
There are different causes of anxiety for everyone, and everyone feels anxious once in a while. However, when it happens more often, or you become severely anxious in certain situations, it is important that you identify what about that situation is causing that feeling. After you’ve identified the cause of this severe anxiety, you can begin to manage it and master it.
Causes of Anxiety
There are many conditions that can cause anxiety which include medical conditions, physical conditions, and mental conditions. Some medical conditions anxiety causes include:
- Panic disorder
- Overactive thyroid
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Phobic disorders
- Stress disorders
If you think you may be suffering from one of the above conditions that anxiety causes, contact your health care provider to discuss the best way for you to reduce your anxiety.
There are also many external conditions that can cause feelings of anxiety such as:
- Work stress
- School stress
- Relationship stress
- Financial stress
- Stress from a medical illness
- Use of illegal stimulants like cocaine
Identifying what things in your life are causing you stress and anxiety can help you to learn how to manage this anxiety best.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety can be small things like palm sweating, but they can also be paralyzing like panic attacks. Here are some signs that you are suffering from symptoms of anxiety:
- Numbness and tingling
- Neck tension
- Stomach upset
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Inability to rest
- Sleep problems
Experiencing these symptoms during certain situations like job interviews, public speaking, and trying new things is normal. However, when these symptoms interfere with daily life this can be a sign of an anxiety disorder. If this describes your situation, see your health care provider and discuss these symptoms with them.
Even if you are dealing with anxiety and stress in your life, there are things you can do daily to manage anxiety and reduce stress. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a healthy diet, enough sleep, exercise, and a good support system are all things that can help you in managing anxiety.
In addition to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, there are many other things you can do to manage anxiety:
- Accept things you cannot control
- Talk to a friend or therapist
- Learn your anxiety triggers
- Try to stay positive and see the bigger picture
- Take a few minutes when you’re anxious to just breathe
Anxiety and stress are normal in high pressure or uncomfortable situations. Different things cause different people anxiety. In these situations, there are ways of managing anxiety in healthy ways. However, if you deal with high levels of anxiety regularly and it affects your daily life, you should talk to your health care provider to discuss if you may have a medical condition.