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Is anxiety a symptom?



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Jul 31, 2020
I've heard it said that anxiety is a symptom, and it occurs because something else is going on. If that other thing is not going on, there will be little anxiety. What is the other thing? Or several things? Seems like a good question, basically asking, what is making you anxious?

We could list off many things that make us anxious. But is there something in common with those things? A general theme I guess..

It could be threat. Any threat to well-being appears to make us anxious. If we are healthy, and at peace, then we ought to be calm most of the time. But we are easily upset and seem to feel threatened a lot. Is this causing the anxiety?

Maybe it's the release of stress hormones because a threat is perceived. Maybe it's an overactive amygdala and nervous/limbic system. Maybe there's a genetic part. Those are more brainy explanations.


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Mar 29, 2021
A doctor once said that to me. Its the equivalent of your brain got a chemical imbalance. Totally useless and unhelpful thinking.


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Jun 27, 2020
For me it is purely due to health anxiety..thinking something bad will happen..these bad thoughts trigger it.
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