While anxiety is often thought to be related to an underlying condition, and rightly so, however anxiety is not always related to a previous negative experience.

Anxiety may be caused by:

* Stress that can result from peer pressure, work, school, personal relationship.

* Early or current emotional trauma.

* Financial problems.

* Stress caused by a chronic or serious medical condition.

* A past or present major event or performance.

* Fear.

* Side effect of certain medications.

* Alcohol consumption and/or drugs.

* Lack of oxygen from a condition or simply improper breathing practices.

You’re not alone. 1 in 13 globally suffers from anxiety.

The WHO reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders worldwide. – Report by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

1. Feeling nervous, restless or tense;

2. Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom;

3. Having an increased heart rate;

4. Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation);

5. Sweating;

6. Trembling;

7. Feeling weak or tired;

8. Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry;

9. Having trouble sleeping;

10. Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems;

11. Having difficulty controlling worry;

12. Having the urge to avoid things that trouble us.

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