UNDERSTANDING YOUR ANXIETY

     Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) has several possible causes and frequently coexists with other diagnoses.  Anxiety is created by the perceptions of past, present, and possible future events.  Anxiety can certainly result from parenting stress, work stress, financial stress, tension with a coworker or supervisor, and conflicts within significant relationships.  Anxiety is a “fight or flight” response which is part of every human’s brain as a survival behavior.  

     Anxiety can result from past experiences which have not been confronted or resolved within one’s thought patterns.  Furthermore, childhood physical or emotional abuse, growing up in a chaotic family environment, being bullied by peers, or experiencing one or more traumatic events at any point in one’s lifetime can all cause a pervasive and debilitating sense of fear or self-doubt, both which are common symptoms of those who struggle with anxiety. 

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