can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated,
angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily
stressful to another. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear.
Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized
by cognitive, somatic, emotional and behavioral components. These
components combine to create an unpleasant feeling that is typically
associated with uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Anxiety
is a generalized mood condition that can often occur without an
identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from
fear, which occurs in the presence of an observed threat. Additionally,
fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance,
whereas anxiety is the result of threats that are perceived to be
uncontrollable or unavoidable.
exact cause of anxiety is not fully known, but a number of factors
including genetics, brain chemistry and environmental stresses
appear to contribute to its development.
Genetics: Some research suggests that family history plays a
part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop
anxiety. This means that the tendency to develop anxiety may
be passed on in families.
Brain chemistry: anxiety has been associated with abnormal levels
of certain chemical messengers in the brain. They help move
information from nerve cell to nerve cell. If disturbed they
can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, leading
Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events, such as
abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools,
may lead to anxiety. It may become worse during periods of stress.
The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including
alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, can also worsen anxiety.
Certain drugs, both recreational and medicinal, can lead to
symptoms of anxiety due to either side effects or withdrawal
from the drug. Such drugs include: Alcohol, Amphetamines, Bronchodilators
Anxiety can have a number of different causes. It is a multidimensional
response to stimuli in the person's environment, or a response
to an internal stimulus.
A child's genetics, biochemistry, environment, history and
psychological profile all seem to contribute to the development
of anxiety disorders. Most children with these disorders seem
to have a biological vulnerability to stress.
Loss of Appetite
Unable to Concentrate
Shortness of Breath
Increase In Blood Pressure
Difficulty Staying Asleep
Disturbed Sleep Pattern
Unrefreshed By Sleep
In systemic desensitization the potential for extreme panic
reactions occur, which can increase the phobia, this technique
should only be conducted by a well-qualified, trained professional.
have significant control over thoughts and therefore, may learn
ways of preventing anxiety by changing irrational ideas and
beliefs. Humans also have some power over anxiety arising from
social and environmental conditions.
Parents can help their child respond to stress by taking the
following steps: providing a safe, secure, familiar and consistent
home life being selective in the types of television programs
that children watch.
allows you to become more awake and more deliberate about your
actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to
situations in your life.
You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple
advice: Take care of yourself. Habits that keep your body functioning
at its best are the same things that promote an active, confidant
A labyrinth is a patterned path, often circular in form, used
as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. A labyrinth's
walkway is arranged in such a way that the participant moves
back and forth across the circular form which helps to reduce
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound,
object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself
in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce
stress, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual
Question: Can exercise help reduce a person's stress level?
Answer: Yes. Research has found that there are mental health
benefits from exercise, including reduced stress and increased
confidence for those who exercise regularly.