Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety may be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, the effects of drugs, or a combination of these. The doctor's initial task is to see if your anxiety is caused by a medical condition.

Common causes of anxiety include these mental conditions:

These common external factors can cause anxiety:

The doctor has the often-difficult task of determining which symptoms come from which causes. For example, in a study of people with chest pain -- a sign of heart disease -- 43% were found to have a panic disorder, not a heart-related condition.

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on April 23, 2016

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Causes of Anxiety from eMedicineHealth.

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