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 Anxiety  Holistic-online.com

Risk Factors and Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The causes of anxiety include:

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Fear-relationships and situations that contribute to insecurity

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Excess sugar, chocolate, Nutrasweet

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Excess of highly acidic foods-tomatoes, eggplants, peppers

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Stimulants-decongestants, NoDoze, tobacco, asthma and cortcosteroid medications

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Hyperthyroidism

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Hyperadrenalism

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Hypoglycemia

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Nutritional deficiencies of B vitamins and magnesium

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History of trauma: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

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Any substance that can rev up the central nervous system-most especially caffeine, diet pills, cocaine, and speed.

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Substances that depress the central nervous system (like alcohol, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, narcotics) can cause anxiety when they are withdrawn.

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Prescription medications can cause anxiety, especially those that are used to treat asthma, high blood pressure, and Parkinson's disease. The antidepressant and antipsychotic medications sometimes have anxiety as a potential side effect.

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Medical problems such as cardiovascular disease or oversecretion of thyroid, adrenal, or parathyroid hormone must also be considered as a possible cause of anxiety.

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Anxiety is often an associated feature of another psychiatric disorder, such as depression.

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