What is the cause
of anxiety, the cause of anxiety attack, or the cause of anxiety
people believe that anxiety is the CAUSE of how they feel,
is something they HAVE, or is an illness or disease that
is CAUSING their physical and psychological symptoms.
also believe that they may HAVE anxiety for the rest of their
lives, or that it can only be treated by medication. Some doctors
and medical professionals also believe this, and unfortunately,
tell their patients, as well.
drug manufacturers would also like us to believe that anxiety
is a disease. They spend a great deal of effort and money trying
to convince us of this.
beliefs like these are inaccurate. The truth is, anxiety is
NOT a disease or the REASON for how we feel. Anxiety
is a BYPRODUCT or RESULT of how we think and behave. Essentially,
the thinking patterns and behaviors we’ve learned and
use CAUSE us anxiety.
World Dictionary defines anxiety as:
or agitation, often about something that is going to happen
subject or concern that causes worry
strong wish to do a particular thing, especially if the wish
is unnecessarily or unhealthily strong
state of intense apprehension or fear of real or imagined
these definitions, it becomes clear that anxiety is
NOT a disease inside of us that causes us to think and act
this way. BECAUSE we think and act in these ways, anxiety results.
is produced from how we’ve learned to think (the thought
processes that we choose to generate) and behave (the actions
that we choose to use) in certain situations and circumstances.
why anxiety is not a cause or disease, it’s
a result. Anxiety is CAUSED by behaviors that
are unhealthy (a disorder in our behaviors: a behavioral disorder).
unhealthy thought processes and behaviors are learned, those
who work to replace unhealthy behaviors with healthier behaviors,
reduce and eventually eliminate their anxiety, and the resulting
condition. That’s why anxiety IS reversible with a high
success rate of over 90% (the remaining percentage represents
those who choose not to do the work required to change unhealthy
behaviors, don’t have access to the right information
or help, or choose to remain ill because their illness is providing
some benefit to them, such as compassion, love, comfort, or
an excuse not to behave appropriately).
anxiety were a CAUSE or BIOLOGICAL DISEASE, we wouldn’t
see such a high success rate simply by changing anxiety-provoking
behaviors (studies show that cognitive strategies
provide lasting anxiety relief, far above that of medication
therapy that has a high rebound rate). For example, if you
were to break a bone, the bone wouldn’t instantly heal
by changing a behavior. That’s because the body requires
sufficient time to repair the bone. With anxiety, you can
have an instant positive effect simply by changing one or
of us CAN learn healthier behaviors. When we do, anxiety disappears.
Again, anxiety IS a result, NOT a cause. When you change the
cause (behaviors), you get a different result (reduced or no
said this, there IS a biological component to anxiety. However,
this biological component is largely a result of anxious behaviors
too, not the CAUSE of them.
anxiety is caused by a behavioral disorder (use of unhealthy
And yes, not only is it possible to fully recover from anxiety,
anxiety has a very high recovery rate of over 90%.
who diligently apply the right strategies get better. If you
feel your full recovery is blocked or has stalled, the help
of an anxiety coach can be invaluable. They are trained to
uncover the reasons for continued anxiety. They can help you
identify the unhealthy behaviors blocking your progress, and
can help you learn and apply healthier behaviors that can eliminate
is ONLY long-term when the right approaches aren’t
learned or applied. When they are learned AND applied, anyone
can eliminate their anxiety…and for good!
is good reason to be hopeful and optimistic. Nine out of ten
people will fully recover with the right help. And, it could
be ten out of ten if the remaining percentage of people were
to access the right help and apply what they learn.
good news is, anyone can recover. We see it happen day after
information applies to those who have been diagnosed with an
anxiety or a behavioral depressive disorder. It is not entirely
applicable to those who have an underlying medical condition
causing their anxiety-like symptoms. However, cognitive strategies
CAN have a positive benefit here as well.
For more information about anxiety
symptoms, see our Anxiety
NOTE: The Member's area of our website
contains a more comprehensive section on anxiety symptoms, including
completed descriptions, why they occur, and tips on how to get
rid of them.