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Causes of an Anxiety Attack

What is the cause of anxiety attack? In today's world anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness. In the United States alone 40 million (18.1%) of the adult population is affected. These numbers are on the increase all over the world, demanding immediate attention. Even though studies are usually made only on adults (over 18 years old), this disorder affects all age groups.

Anxiety levels become heightened when situations arise which present us with potential danger. As we face an anxiety provoking situation, adrenaline is released by the brain, specifically a small organ called the Amygdala, (which controls the anxiety response), in order to prepare the body for what is commonly referred to as 'the flight or fight' response.

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Anxiety attack includes:

  • Panic attack
  • Panic disorder
  • Panic disorder with agoraphobia
  • Panic disorder without agoraphobia
  • Anxiety disorders
    • Social phobia
    • Specific phobia
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Substance-induced anxiety disorder
  • Adjustment disorder

Anxiety disorders are also inherited as they tend to run in the family, thus passing it on from one's mother/father to the son/daughter or any other close relative. The structure of the brain and its process are inherited in totality and that can be another reason why people with chemical imbalance can pass on the anxiety disorder thus, being the cause of anxiety attack. Also growing up as a child in an abusive home, where the family expressed anxiety and violence constantly can be the cause of anxiety attack.

Disclaimer: This site is for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have, or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.