What causes anxiety disorders?

There is no exact cause for anxiety disorders, however, anxiety disorders may be caused by a combination of factors, including chemical imbalances in the body and environmental stresses.
  • Severe or long-lasting stress can change the balance of chemicals in the brain that control mood. 
  • It can be inherited from one or both parents.
  • Trauma or a significant event might trigger an anxiety disorder.
Medical problems that can be linked to anxiety include:
  • Heart disease
  • Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Drug abuse or withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) or other medications
  • Rare tumors that produce certain "fight-or-flight" hormones
anxiety disorder causes

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  • "Anxiety." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 07 May 2017.
  • "Anxiety | Cleveland Clinic: Health Library." Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, n.d. Web. 07 May 2017.


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Mental Health in the Workplace
Studies performed on mental health in the workplace suggest that these personal and financial costs could be eased if more workers who needed treatment were able to receive it. Employees and employers are encouraged to think of mental health as an investment- one that’s sure to pay off in the long run. To better understand the issue at hand, check out this infographic of 7 alarming workplace mental health statistics:
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