Are you aware of the common conditions that can trigger fear or panic? Anxiety disorders affect around 18 percent of the population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America(ADAA). When someone struggles with such a condition, whether social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the symptoms can affect how they live their everyday lives.
Anxiety is a complex disorder and each case is unique, but there are some common habits and conditions that can trigger the familiar overwhelm of anxiety. We’ve listed four surprising triggers, and how to calm down.
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago just published a study reporting that people with anxiety disorders all experience increased sensitivity to uncertain threats, or fear of the unknown. It’s the feeling that something, at any time, could go wrong, but the sufferer doesn’t have concrete evidence that anything bad is about to happen.