Category: ANXIETY 101
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make one feel threatened or that upset one’s balance in some way. The nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, that rouse the body for emergency action. During development, stress has often been regarded as a potentially disruptive force,…
Typically, genetic and environmental factors are risk factors for anxiety disorders. More specific variables have been identified such as shyness, or behavioral inhibition in childhood, being female, economic pressure, low social support, exposure to trauma, parental history of mental disorders, and anxiety disorders in close biological relatives.
Anxiety disorders run in families, and that they have a biological basis, much like allergies or diabetes and other disorders. Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events, particularly stress.