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What is anxiety?

It is normal to experience some anxiety, but excessive anxiety, worry, or fear that interferes with daily functioning is characterized as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety usually develops in relation to one’s internal psychological concerns. For example, everyday worries include health, loss, death, injury, shame and humiliation, aggressive or angry feelings, and conflicts over guilt.

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Overthinking
  • Insomnia
  • Fear
  • Fatigue
  • Anxious thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Inability to focus
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Increased heart rate
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Frequent panic and paranoia
  • Hyperawareness to surroundings

Are There External Causes of Anxiety?

There are numerous factors to consider when pinpointing what exactly causes anxiety. Because there are so many causes, it’s hard to narrow down one exact root cause. Here are some reasons someone may develop an anxiety disorder:

  • Life stressors
  • Genetics
  • Childhood trauma
  • Uncomfortable social situations
  • Cultural and religious background
  • Race/Gender/Sexuality
  • Use of recreational drugs
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormones


At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. We will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors. Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and other various therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or electroconvulsive therapy.