Worries, fears and anxieties can affect us all differently. People who experience anxiety problems often want to know why anxiety why me?
Research tells us that there are 3 main factors that anxiety related problems can be linked to;
• Environment, level of life stress and available support.
• Personality type and childhood experience (learning).
• Psychological coping style.
This describes the world you live in. Some environments contribute to an anxiety problem.
For example, our environments can be continually stressful such as caring for a sick relative. Alternatively they may be temporarily stressful such as covering for a colleague at work.
Stressful environments can be positive or negative events. Other examples are things like weddings and house moves which can certainly be every bit as stressful as an illness or injury.
Importantly, remember that anxiety is cumulative. You only need a few stressful events back to back and you can really start to fill up your anxiety bucket quite quickly. Social support can be a protective factor in making stressful environments easier to cope with.
Above all, our vulnerability to anxiety decreases with the amount of time that others give to support us. This makes talking to people around us in times of stress, particularly important.
‘I always imagine the worst-case scenario’
Those who seem more vulnerable to anxiety and worry problems often cope with life problems by expecting the worst.
Consequently, some people feel that this strategy will help them deal with problems because they have prepared for the worst therefore anything else will be a better outcome.
This coping style is known as ‘catastrophizing.’
Walking around catastrophizing means that you become somebody who assumes the world is a negative place and this may lead to feeling that life is a constant struggle.
‘I’m from a family of worriers’
A result, research has shown that anxiety can run in families. For example, a mother who in her earlier life had been bitten by a dog, may now be afraid of dogs.
As a result, every time she is out with her child she may caution her child to avoid parks where there may be ‘dangerous’ dogs. Furthermore, she may go on to tell her child that dogs ‘will’ bite and should be avoided at all costs.
However, the good news is that these fears can be overcome. Despite being in a family for generations help is out there.
In short, think of it as growing up in a Spanish-speaking family and only being able to speak Spanish. You would always be able to learn to speak English, just as you can learn to undo a fear response.
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