All of us at have experienced debilitating anxiety. But we’ve also overcome it and returned to normal and lasting health. Because we know the hardship anxiety unwellness can cause, we are committed to helping others, with over 27 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President,

Is Anxiety Caused By A Chemical Imbalance In The Brain?

No, anxiety is NOT caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Anxiety is caused by unhealthy behaviors: thinking and acting in unhealthy ways that cause anxiety to elevate above what is considered normal anxiety.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Those who develop anxiety disorder have learned to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in unhealthy ways. Issues with anxiety can be overcome by learning to cope in healthy ways, rather than in overly apprehenvise ways.

With the right information and help, you, too, can overcome issues with anxiety. No one needs to suffer needlessly.

You can learn more about why anxiety isn't caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain in our updated article, "Is anxiety caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?"

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 10, 2017. Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms.