Anxiety is defined by the National Library of Medicine as, “a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness.” Having these feelings occasionally is normal; however, they become a health concern when they are excessive and interfere with the ability to live a normal life.
The exact cause of anxiety is still not fully understood, but it is believed that the following factors play a role:
- Environmental stress
- Brain chemistry
- Certain medical conditions
Although the exact cause of anxiety is unknown, there are certain triggers such as life events, lifestyle changes, or daily habits that can lead to or worsen this response. These include:
- Financial insecurity
- Traumatic experiences
- Caffeine consumption
- Alcohol consumption
- Meeting new people
- Relationship problems
- Exposure to violence
- Taking certain medications
- Substance misuse
- Loneliness or isolation
Anxiety triggers are unique to each individual. However, the most important steps anyone affected by anxiety can take is identifying what their triggers are and learning how to cope with them. Here are a few tips for coping with anxiety:
- Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Use stress management or relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing
- Maintain good sleep health
- Try to minimize negative thoughts and think positively
- Journal or write down your thoughts
- Speak to someone about how your feeling
- Adhere to your treatment plan
Anxiety affects many people, and no one should feel ashamed if they struggle with the disorder or other mental health disorders. If you or someone you know is affected by anxiety, consult a mental health professional to explore possible causes and treatments. Your mental health provider may recommend lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, or medication.
To schedule an appointment with a mental health provider at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, please call 718-206-5575.
All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.