Does anxiety have a root cause?

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   Posted 10/29/2014 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Friends,

I'm pondering. And curious. And overall, wanting to know how to heal fully from a life filled with anxiety. Currently, I am trying to figure out if there is a root cause. Many people have told me to find the root, in order to cure this nonsense.

So, what is the root of my anxiety? What is the root of your anxiety? Is there a root of anxiety? Can I be fully healed, and live a peaceful and serene life? I'm starting to believe that...I can be healed of this. Somewhere deep down inside of me, I believe that there is a root to be found, and if I am willing to explore that dark terrain----I surely will find it.

Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I hope that somewhere deep below the stressful thoughts, the physical discomfort, and all the worries, is a bad seed that was planted many years ago and has grown out of control. While I continue to treat the symptoms that are arising, I wonder if I can somehow uproot the bad seed that is causing these symptoms.

If you've made it this far through my post... Do you think it is possible to find out the root cause of the symptoms we have?

Hmmmmmmmmm....... Guess I'll put my thinking cap on for a while!


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   Posted 10/29/2014 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I am also looking for that root cause. i feel that anxiety is caused by a chemical imbalance in our systems. Many people suffer stressful situations without developing anxiety. I hope that the right medications along with physical exercise and therapy can solve the mystery of anxiety. I am still on the search.

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   Posted 10/29/2014 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure about cure, as 9 times out of 10 the root cause is genetic and chemical, what I do know for a fact is it can be treated and you can feel normal again it just takes time and the right tools to do so. Stay strong

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   Posted 10/29/2014 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm still looking for a root. New therapist is really digging. I think you can truely be healed. I am really looking into self compassion and changing my outlook to be more positive. I think when some of my symptoms weaken, I will really be able to move forward.
Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

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   Posted 10/29/2014 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmmmmm. fear??? emotional pain?? depression?? or just over thinking things??? i think it is a combination of factors. totally sucks. i can handle bi-polar, eupd, (borderline personality disorder in the past and this is a doozy), but anxiety / panic, boy it hits hard and shakes the you know what out of me. apt topic and post. thanks.




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   Posted 10/29/2014 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
stress , fear , emotional thoughts , anger , life changing events , death of my mother , bad relationships , hurt , pain ......
ST.Luke 13:13- And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight and she Glorified God

I'm not claiming nothing , God is a healer ...

Faith , relax , mediation , lots of prayer

No meds ... Haven't found one that's comfortable

Everyday I wake up and see my son is a blessing , God is so Good

And this too shall pass ....

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   Posted 10/29/2014 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly when mine started, why, and what triggers it.

I was very laid back until I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in June 2011. But it started a month before that when I had a panic attack that I thought was a heart attack. Since I had no idea what was wrong with me it played havoc with my body, and probably contributed to the flare that led me to the hospital and their findings of inflammation in my colon. I'd probably had Crohns all my life (I had 3 fistula repairs in 3 months as an infant) but it wasn't until that month long panic session which threw it into overdrive.

Of course it didn't end there. I was put on high doses of Prednisone which made my anxiety even worse. The anxiety meds I had been given weren't helping much until I started to taper down the Prednisone. But not to long after, in August, I started a new Crohns med, Imuran. Which lead to me getting Septic Shock / Renal Failure and landed me in the ICU for a week. I thought it was the Imuran but since I never saw my GI I was told to continue it. Three days later I was back for another week with acute pancreatitis and a UTI. This time my GI was called in and said yep, that med is no good for you.

Those incidents have led me to become hyper aware of my body, and sometimes even things like a minor cold get my anxiety going again. I'm always afraid of becoming seriously ill and near death as I was when I had sepsis. But as long as I feel fine my anxiety stays at bay.

What's funny is that even knowing all that I can still get very anxious when I'm sick. The brain is a very powerful thing.
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   Posted 10/30/2014 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always had little bits of anxiety and irrational worry in my life, but it didn't usually interfere with my life. Leaving home at 18 seemed to trigger it. It was mostly fear. Living alone was scary for me. I still functioned fine though. I would have episodes of panic that were fairly mild once a year or so, and on occasion I would worry excessively without panic. Mostly over things like plane rides, or sicknesses. It wasn't until I had kids that my anxiety really hit me. I think it was a combination of PPD, post partum hyperthyroidism, and a stressful marriage. It went away, and then came back after my second child and seemed to stick around for good. I firmly believe it has a lot to do with my happiness, or lack of. I think at least to some degree it's my mind telling me "hey this isn't working, we really need to get off this path". I'm sure genetics may also play a role.

I can't say I have it all figured out, but I can say that I hate it. So so much.

Post Edited (Cianna) : 10/29/2014 11:19:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/30/2014 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I believe mine is hereditary because I have had health anxiety since I was around 7-8 years old. I doubt a little kid would have a trigger that early age. My grand grand mother had health anxiety. I am guessing my anxious personality in general is just, me, my personality. Thinking about future much, details, possibilities, etc etc...

Or, since I believe in reincarnation, I think I had some bad things in previous life LOL, but that's another thing and I am not gonna go in that. I'll stick to the "scientific" part for today xD

I am working on to overcome my fears. I hopefully will be starting some kind of therapy in 15 days, since I received my inv. from dr's office. :D
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   Posted 10/30/2014 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
It can be caused by a chemical imbalance which I am sure can be genetic.

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   Posted 10/30/2014 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes I do believe anxiety has a root cause but it can be very difficult to identify it, I did not identify the root cause to my anxiety until I did some Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) which was focused on my childhood. Through doing this therapy I got a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome which is the root cause to all my anxieties I also found that the bad experience I had at school was also one of the root causes. Once I identified these I was able to progress through various therapies including CBT & Mindfulness and learnt ways of coping with my anxiety so it does not have such an impact on my life I also had to accept that I will have problems with anxiety for life which was very difficult to come to terms with but I believe that acceptance plays a big part on your road to recovery.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 90mg Duloxetine, 250mg Tramadol, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day , Tamazepam 20mg

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   Posted 10/30/2014 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You guys are all SO AWESOME. And so thoughtful for sharing / thinking on / figuring out this root anxiety stuff!!

From what I have gathered, anxiety can be caused by a chemical imbalance, but is that imbalance hereditary (like born within you and unchangeable??)---or is it from an external factor such as the generational parenting styles, or the learned emotional responses that we saw in our parents and other caregivers (and therefore changeable)? I really wonder this because my parents were not very good caregivers, and I want so much to believe that it was the external factors that caused my imbalance when I was a depressed teenager and now an anxious adult.

Also from what I am gathering is that anxiety can also be the product of a scary/frightening/terrible circumstance. Like ishiman was talking about. And then, it also seems like all of these factors can work together to create a SUPER ANXIETY STORM. Like many of us know.

Hmmmmmm.... This is going to be trickier than I thought!

I think it makes sense to start at the beginning. Like Hibee! Finding what, if anything, happened in our childhood that could be causing this anxiety! And then go on from there.

LOL. It's too early for all this thinking stuff!!! :) Good morning everyone!

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   Posted 10/30/2014 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
For me it was a chronic illness lasting a few years that brought my anxiety to the forefront. I am still dealing with the anxiety and the illness, still unknown in nature. I have gathered tools to deal with the anxiety. Good luck in your journey.

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   Posted 10/30/2014 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety can be caused by many things, but Panic is the "oh God
I am dying experience", it became nothing more for me and many others than a constant rehearsal of our own death and the terrible panic and fear associated with it.

Depending on the individual and their beliefs i became convinced
that if God only intended me to die once, then i would quit practicing, Peace
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   Posted 10/30/2014 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My therapist seems to think for me it all goes back to trauma from my childhood. I always had to live in a state of fear and that sort of messed things up for me. I also believe that it is genetic or chemical or something like that too.

When I go to therapy I often wonder if I'm better off talking about old stuff or learning coping techniques? Right now both seem to be helping.

I still have to wonder about anxiety having a root cause though. To me it just all seems like it makes no sense. I mean I dealt with the traumas of my past without trouble for years. So why one day did all hell break loose and leave me plagued with these physical symptoms I can't shake no matter how I feel at any given time? It is a mystery to me.

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   Posted 10/30/2014 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, you're awesome! Peace! :)

BB, Same here. Boom, the anxiety was an overload on me too. Similar in childhood trauma, same thing the therapists have told me. Hmmm.... One time Cornell wrote that what he discovered was that it had been building up for a LONG time. I know my anxiety had been building up for a long time too, I just wasn't aware of it. I thought it was just my normal life. My husband said, "are you serious? Do you really think you didn't have anxiety? You've been an anxious person ever since I met you." I was kind of confused by this, because I really had no clue I was anxious. I just thought I was "me." LOL.

Gee whiz...... so confusing. I feel like crying right now though because Cornell's brother-in-law and Oscar Tavaras of the St. Louis Cardinals both have passed. I am just so sad..... Totally off topic, I know.... :( I am just so sad.......

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   Posted 10/30/2014 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It started from my childhood, how I was treated. I was put down, teased, not listened too, told I was a baby by my siblings. It was engrained in me.

Then, I think mine got really bad when my Dad died. I lost my rock when he left this earth. Even though I have wonderful people in my life, people I can depend on, they are not him. Man, I miss him. When my mom dies, I will really be on my own.

Post Edited (countryhearts) : 10/30/2014 9:23:36 PM (GMT-6)

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