U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old member asked:

what causes anxiety?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors. Causes can be; 1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs. 2. Psychological.........Perceived threat. 3. Social.............Actual threat.
Dr. Timothy Schultz
General Practice 31 years experience
panic attacks are one form of anxiety and one of the triggering factors can be elevated levels of CO2- as in traffic jams. Depression and anxiety are often part of the individual brain's announcement that the unconscious part of our nervous system- autonomic-is taking over control of a perceived threat. Though it may have been an adaptive mechanism for survival, it replaces the adaptive choices that we can make about specific threats. It is interesting to note that patients with esophageal reflux and ulcer feel more anxious as it may trigger/reroute the signal of the Vagus nerve- which controls many autonomic functions.
Oct 7, 2012
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Anxiety: Most often misperceptions and overreactions to circumstances and interactions.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Perhaps it depends on what we mean. If we're discussing mild, occasional anxiety resulting from apprehension of danger, than it may be correct perceptions, not overreactions or misperceptions. If we're discussing persistent anxiety that interferes with functioning, then in my experience, most clinical anxiety disorders are biologically based, with psychological precipitants.
Nov 25, 2013
Dr. Margret Rose Dellosso
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Fear: Fear of unknown or known triggers causes anxiety because our mind thinks it is not capable of handling a situation. Neurologically it changes the level of GABA ( brain neurochemical ) from constant stress of being anxious. If fear becomes larger it can also cause a panic attack which is our brain's fight or flight response to perceived danger. Talk therapy and medication combined is best treatmen.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Anxiety: Our journey of life goes through many stresses which can cause anxiety. Some of the stresses are: • physical illnesses • injuries • accidents • pregnancy • marriage • separation • divorce • parenting • relationships • work • menopause • aging • various losses including death of loved ones anxiety is a warning sign to handle stresses and challenges us to improve our life.
Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Anything can : cause anxiety. Usually the big things like changes death divorce moves job change friendship loss or family loss are causes or changes in health. But people stress over everything and perspective is needed to stay healthy. Get help from psychiatrists and psychologists to deal with symptoms. Keep a support network to stay connected to people. good luck

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with

Similar questions

A 25-year-old member asked:

Can hypoglycemia cause anxiety?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Yes: It could make you feel your heart racing so that you could experience a feeling of anxiety. The low blood sugar will cause your body to make more Adrenalin making the heart beat faster.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Can coffee cause anxiety?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Gasoline: You are putting it in your tank! depends how much you are drinking but caffeine can certainly trigger anxiousness.
A 29-year-old male asked:

Can benidryl cause anxiety?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe: Benedry will enter the brain and cause some interference with neurotransmitters.In most it produces grogginess or a fog like sensation.It is a common main ingredient to otc sleep meds. In some it produces the opposite effect and can hype them up like too much caffeine.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does anxiety cause lightheadedness?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
It Sure Can: All of the physical symptoms of anxiety r directly the result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when ur primitive fear ; rage brain centers sense danger. Learn about this "fight or flight or freeze" response. See: http://bit.Ly/wzhvqo once u understand the physiology of anxiety, the symptoms make sense. This doesn't make them feel less unpleasant necessarily though!
A 28-year-old male asked:

Does anxiety cause hypersalivation?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
No: A dry mouth often accompanies anxiety. I think you should check with an oral medicine specialist to solve this mystery

Related questions

A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 18-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 44-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
Last updated Oct 22, 2019

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.