Feelings of anxiety will most likely occur in everyone’s lives in varying severities. General anxiety disorder (GAD) can be caused by something specific, many things or by nothing in particular but here is a list of some reasons someone could be suffering from anxiety.
Whether its worrying about catching coronavirus, feeling isolated due to lockdown restrictions or anxious about job security, the ongoing pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone. Taking a break from the news and social media about the virus can help to relieve anxiety, particularly with the influx of misinformative news stories relating to the virus.
News outlets like The Guardian have been sharing positive news stories on social media to counteract the seemingly only negative news.
Both emotional and physical trauma can cause anxiety, whether as a direct result or that may occur later in life. One-time traumatic events such as an accident or injury, ongoing stress such as abuse or bullying and sudden events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break up can all lead to anxiety.
Stress, whether it is about work, school or financial problems, can feel very overwhelming, leading to anxiety. By prioritising work and tasks, avoiding unhealthy coping habits and saving time for ourselves to relax and socialise, stress can be significantly reduced which can help relieve feelings of anxiety.
In 2017, a study conducted by the US National Institute of Health concluded that GAD can be inherited. In fact, you’re around five times more likely to develop the condition if you have a close relative with the condition.
Anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand. Anxiety can lead to depression and depression can lead to anxiety. Symptoms of both conditions can be treated through psychotherapy, positive lifestyle changes or medications like antidepressants.
For some people who suffer from anxiety with depression, however, current antidepressants may not respond sufficiently.
MAC Clinical Research in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and South Yorkshire are conducting a clinical trial that may lead to a more rapid relief of anxiety and depression symptoms.
If you have received a diagnosis of depression with anxious distress and are currently taking stable dosage of eligible antidepressants, you could be eligible for our upcoming clinical trial. For more information on the trial, key exclusion criteria and to register your interest, visit: