Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Causes & Risk Factors

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What causes anxiety disorders?

Suppose the fire alarm goes off in your home. You race around frantically to find the fire. Instead, you find that there is no fire--the alarm just isn't working properly.

It's the same with anxiety disorders. Your body mistakenly triggers your alarm system when there is no danger. This may be due to a chemical imbalance in your body. It may also be related to an unconscious memory, to a side effect of a medicine or to an illness.

Source

Generalized Anxiety Disorder by MF Gliatto, M.D. (American Family Physician October 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001001/1591.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 01/96

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