7 Common Causes of Anxiety and Depression

Some people who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression question what could possibly be the exact reason it happened. Clearly there are some traumatic events ( war, death of a loved one ) that explain it, however in the instances those afflicted are left with no answer to why it has happened.

It’s fair to say that anxiety and depression can’t be attributed to a single cause. Medical professionals agree that a mix of factors for example your genes, past experience as well as current circumstances are contributing factors to anxiety and depression.

Understandably those afflicted try to find a reason why this is happening even though it is not the most important factor. Patients should be aware that they are not to blame, that anxiety and depression is a mental disease in the same way a person can have a physical disease.

Of course there are certain lifestyle choices or experiences that are in part ot the main cause of anxiety and depression. The following list is 7 of the common lifestyle causes of anxiety and depression.

  • Substance abuse – Abusing alcohol or recreational drugs at any time of life from childhood onwards can result in anxiety and depression. The way drugs or alcohol rewire the brain’s neuro chemistry disrupts the normal communication between neurotransmitters.
  • Overworking – A heavy workload causes a stress reaction inside the body leaving a person exhausted. This chronic stress on the brain interrupts the delicate balance of the brain. For those prone to anxiety and depression whatever the reason and exposed to long term stress are more prone to anxiety and depression.
  • Grief and trauma – Post traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD is a term most associated with military members. Experiencing grief while uncomfortable is a good healer the exception is prolonged grief that can cause mental health issues.
  • Health conditions – Untreatable health conditions ( Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer ) puts sufferers at risk of depression.
  • Sudden and stressful changes – An example is the infamous Wall Street Crash of 1929 leading to billions of dollars in losses and 23,000 people committing suicide.
  • Poor self image – Women are more likely to suffer from poor self image, the worst case scenario can result in anxiety and depression.
  • Isolation and/or rejection – Humans have a need to socialize and isolation and/or rejection can lead to neurochemical imbalance that manifests into anxiety and depression.

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