Although the causes of anxiety are still unclear, the following factors have been proven to increase the chances of a person developing this condition:
Trauma. Physical, verbal, or emotional abuse or trauma. Whether you experience it as a child or as an adult, your chances of developing the condition at some point in your life becomes higher because of the injury, pain, or mental anguish you experience during the traumatic event.
Stress. As noted above, an underlying illness can cause anxiety because it can trigger the body’s natural flight or fight response. However, knowing that you have a serious medical condition can lead to worry, which can result in mental stress and anxiety. A buildup of worries from daily life, work, relationships, finances, and other factors can also lead to stress-induced anxiety.
Personality. Just like how some people have a low tolerance for pain, some people are more prone to developing mental disorders like anxiety because of their personalities. Those who are timid or lack self-esteem are obvious examples, but perfectionists and those who want to control everything are also high-risk personalities.
Mental disorders. Depression is one of the leading triggers of an anxiety disorder. However, other mental disorders can also cause this condition.
Genetics. Some anxiety disorders can be inherited from family members.
How Do You Manage Anxiety Early?
Living with a disorder every day for a long period can ruin your life. Here are some self-care tips to manage anxiety.
Talk to someone you trust
The act of talking to a family member or friend you trust about what is bothering you can help your mental health. The act of talking can usually relieve the pressure of what you are feeling.
If you can’t open up to someone close to you, then you may be able to talk with a professional. The Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines Facebook group has a list of free online mental health services. Silakbo also has its own list. During the COVID-19 pandemic, UP Diliman is extending its psychosocial services to the public for free.
Consulting a professional can benefit you in different ways. You can express yourself and what you are feeling. There is someone neutral who listens to you without personal or social prejudice and will not dismiss or, worse, laugh about your worries. Trained medical professionals can give sound advice that may help you overcome your anxiety.