Recent research into the world of anxiety disorders has opened up a new understanding into the underlying causes of many of the most common anxiety disorders. Researchers are delving into the social factors as well as the psychological and biological influences of anxiety disorders. It is hoped that, by developing a more thorough understanding of the underlying causes of anxiety, more effective treatment methodologies will be developed.
Many scientists believe that there are four primarily underlying causes of many anxiety disorders. These are:
- Personality: there is some indication that a patient’s personality plays a crucial role in how severe an anxiety disorder may be. Patients with a poor self-image or with low coping skills are more likely to develop one of these disorders.
- Brain chemistry: scientists have discovered that some medications, which are designed to change chemical levels within a patient’s brain, had a positive impact on some anxiety disorders. Because of this it is likely that there is some brain chemistry component to many common anxiety disorders.
- Life experience: there is an indication that a patient’s exposure to poverty, violence or abuse may cause them to be more susceptible to some anxiety disorders. Alcohol or drug abuse may also play a role.
- Genetics: because of the preponderance of evidence that some anxiety disorders run in families, many researchers believe that there is a clear genetic role in many common anxiety disorders. This very is currently being further explored by researchers.
As scientists and researchers continue to investigate the underlying causes of common anxiety disorders we’re likely to see that many patients who suffer from them also fits into one or more of the above categories. This information, combined with a detailed medical history, will be used to more effectively manage anxiety disorders.
It is hopeful that as this research continues a better understanding of anxiety disorders as a whole and, specifically, how to treat them will become clear.