The Psychosocial Causes of Anxiety

What are the Psychosocial Causes of Anxiety and What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a sense of fear and apprehension of a future event. It is in our nature to be anxious; however, to be in a constant state of anxiety is unhealthy. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, more than 40 million people in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder in some form. Anxiety is the third most common disorder behind alcoholism and depression. It is thought to be a combination of genetics, environment, and upbringing. People can have recurring anxiety that develops over time. Painful or traumatic experiences can also lead to anxiety related problems. Here are some of the psychosocial causes of anxiety:

1. Learned Behavior

Beyond genetics, if a parent suffers from anxiety, they can teach their children to be anxious as well. Anxiety can be a learned behavior. It is also likely that chemical imbalances can also make people more susceptible to anxiety.

The Psychosocial Causes of Anxiety, learned behavior, anxiety2. Environment

Upbringing also plays a role in long-term anxiety problems. If a child has a lack of social interactions, for any reason, this can cause them to be more nervous and anxious in social situations. Also, if a child is brought up in an overly controlling or abusive environment that too can cause anxiety, this occurs because the child is brought up with a sense of fear at all times.

3. Trauma

A traumatic event in life is a moment that stays with the psyche for a long time, maybe even forever. It does not have to be a significant moment, like witnessing a tragic death or surviving an accident. Instead, it could be a minor childhood moment, such as a scolding, where the person develops a negative core belief, where automatic thoughts of self-deprecation come in. A person may only be able to see their shortcomings and have an obsession with monitoring their symptoms of anxiety. Children who are bullied or teased can also experience anxiety down the road. When they grow up in their teen years, the buildup of anxiety could lead to other disorders such as self-harm, eating disorders, and depression.

The good news with anxiety is that it is very treatable through medication, therapy, and meditation. The goal is to override negative thoughts with positive ones. Medicine may seem to be the easy way out because of the effects it has on the body, but using that along with other interventions can be effective. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the best option for treating anxiety. CBT is made to conquer one’s guilt and negative feelings from the past and tackle self-doubt a low self-esteem. Anxiety is common, and it is not as hard as people think to handle.

A Note from the Editor:

There is no shame or judgment here! Knowing the psychosocial causes of anxiety can help you learn how to handle your anxiety. If you are suffering from anxiety and need support, do not hesitate to reach out to someone you trust. You can overcome your anxiety starting today.


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Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world. Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness. Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.

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4 Comments on “The Psychosocial Causes of Anxiety”

  1. I’ve dealt with anxiety my whole life, but it’s recently gotten so much worse now that I’ve been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. I’ve been seeing a therapist recently and learning about some of the root causes of my anxiety and negative self-talk from my childhood – it’s really incredible to learn how it all started for me. I think it’s so important to know why we are anxious so that we can start to overcome it.

  2. I have recently found out that I suffer from anxiety, I had not had any trouble with it during my childhood but feel it has been a disorder that has developed in the past few years for me. I have a very stressful job at a large business firm. After beginning to work here, I have felt stressed almost everyday having to reach deadlines, perform difficult tasks, etc. I believe that this is how my anxiety has started. Through the environment, I spend most of my day in (work), I believe that it has caused my daily anxiety. I have come to realize that where you spend most of your time has a large toll on you and shapes the type of person you are.

  3. After studying anxiety and researching it for many years, I have come to learn that psychosocial causes play a big role in peoples anxiety. The experiences that they go through and the lessons that they are taught affect them majorly throughout their lives. As stated in the article above it doesn’t matter if a situation is traumatic, different things have different significance for other people. Psychosocial effects usually are the most detrimental causes which shape the type of person you are and through that determine how you act, feel, etc.

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