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Anxiety Epidemic ; What Can We Do About It?

by Jomel Bajar, PT,DPT,MS


You may have heard different kind of fears. Fear of something bad that is going to happen, or fear of being watch and being judge, the fear of losing control, or the fear of uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen. There are different manifestations and forms of uncontrolled anxieties, but why is this disorder are getting more common and where do all these anxiety disorders come from?

There are bodies of knowledge that tells us that there is a possibility that these anxieties are transferred from family that is inherited. If you have a parent with anxiety, you are more likely to be anxious yourself and research shows that women are up to two times more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men are. Anxiety also seems to have something to do with the balance of chemicals in your brain, probably the most famous is the imbalance level of serotonin which is also responsible for cause of depression. People with depression often do have anxiety but the link is not well understood, and it turns out no surprise there is not just one neurotransmitter or chemical in the brain that seems to be responsible for somebody to have anxiety. Research also shows that the origin of anxiety can also be planted by traumatic experiences, not everyone though who has experienced a traumatic event from their past means that they will develop an anxiety disorder. There are the factors of personality type, brain chemistry, and genetics that we also need to consider. There is also a theory stating that some of us are biologically predisposed to anxiety and that the traumatic event that happened is the catalyst that triggered the anxiety.