Childhood Causes of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are varied and include things like social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias.
There are different kinds of disorders like social anxiety disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), phobias, panic attacks etc. Anxiety disorders are not uncommon. There are millions of people who suffer from these disorders sometimes in their whole lifetime.
The reason why you may have developed anxiety disorder may vary. There might be one reason or a combination of multiple reasons. Let us explore some of the causes of an anxiety disorder.
Firstly, a lot of people would be interested in knowing whether anxiety disorders are genetic in nature or not. Recent studies indicate a possibility of this happening. For example if a father has an anxiety disorder, it is highly likely that his children may display similar symptoms as well. However it is not absolutely necessary that the children may develop disorders it is just a possibility.
Secondly, family life may play an important role too. If children are raised watching elders in their family displaying panic behaviors then it is likely to have an effect on them too! If they see self-assured individuals with healthy self-esteems then they are likely to demonstrate such behavior when they grow up. A child is a keen observer and usually catches the behavior of the adults to whom he is constantly exposed during the childhood.
So when a child develops panic ridden behavior, it may very well be due to the family environment and not exactly due to genetics. Therefore it is important for adults to handle their disorders, treat them and learn how to stop panic attacks so that they don't display such behaviors in front of their kids.
Other factors like relations between parents etc can also have an impact on the child. If a child has a traumatic childhood then anxiety disorders are likely to crop up later on in his life. On the other hand, children with happy and normal childhoods may be free of such problems in their life. Even if they face stressful situations later on in life, they may deal with them with ease and stay free from any panic problems.
Learning to effectively handle stress is another important skill which can help people in avoiding anxiety related problems. If someone has the ability to stay calm under pressure, remain positive despite setbacks and does not easily lose hope then such a person may find it easy to overcome axiety and worries.
In order to stop panic attacks and stop worrying, we need to stay positive and committed to our goals or solutions. We need to work on improving our self esteem and develop a positive outlook of life. People with positive outlook of their lives usually remain very immune to stress. Such people become stress-resistant. This is an important step in overcoming anxiety disorders.
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