Stress & Anxiety

We off treatment for stress, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Although researchers don’t know exactly why some people suffer from anxiety disorders, they do know that a range of factors are involved. Like many other mental health conditions, anxiety disorders are a result of biological, psychological, and other individual factors.

Certainly, how we think and react to certain situations can trigger anxiety. For example, some people may identify certain situations to be extremely more dangerous than they actually are (e.g., fear of spiders). Others may have had a shocking experience and fear this will happen again (e.g., slip and fall). Some psychologists believe that childhood experiences can also contribute to anxiety.

Traumatic life events such as the death of a family member, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing a death, motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents/injuries, war, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes can also trigger anxiety disorders.

Researchers have also found that problems with brain chemistry can contribute to the development of anxiety disorders. Certain neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain are involved in stress and anxiety – these include serotonin, norepinephrine and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) – as is the hormone cortisol (often referred to as ‘the stress hormone’). Many anxiety disorders run in families and likely have a hereditary link. Medical conditions such as anemia and thyroid dysfunction, as well as caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications, can also cause symptoms of anxiety.

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