“All of us at anxietycentre.com 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 30 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Anxiety is NOT caused by a "chemical imbalance" in the brain, a biological problem with the brain, or caused by our genes.

Anxiety disorder caused by a 'chemical imbalance' in the brain: untrue

In a recent online poll we conducted at our website, 79.8 percent of respondents said they believed anxiety disorder was caused by a biological problem or chemical imbalance in the brain.

In another recent poll we conducted, 78.4 percent of respondents said they believed anxiety disorder was genetically inherited.

While we expected many people to believe anxiety disorder is genetically inherited or caused by a “chemical” or “biological” problem with the brain, we were surprised to see how many people believed these notions.

These high percentages were surprising for us since anxiety is NOT caused by a chemical imbalance or biological problem in the brain or caused by genetics. I know many people, including many in the medical profession, have been led to believe that these notions are true, but the facts and evidence suggest otherwise. In fact, new research continues to disprove these notions as a cause of anxiety and depressive disorders. Our personal experiences with these disorders and professional experiences as coaches/counselors/therapists agree with the latest research.

If you believe that anxiety and depressive disorders are caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain or genetic predisposition, you may want to click the corresponding links and discover what new research and others are saying about the false notions about the Chemical Imbalance and Genetic Predisposition myths.


SKYPE LIVE Call-In sessions.

There are now over 8 hours of audio clips of members' conversations with Jim Folk about a variety of anxiety topics, including how to manage the "crazy thoughts" symptoms, how to deal with dizziness, how to deal with worry, how to deal with breathing symptoms, and how to deal with persistent symptoms, to name a few.

Any member can participate in these sessions. The next SKYPE LIVE Call-In session is Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11 AM MST. For more information, see the members home page in the Recovery Support area.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated January 1, 2019.

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