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4 Most Common Anxiety Triggers

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Anxiety is an increasingly common part of daily life. While occasional anxiety is normal, prolonged or frequent anxiety can point to undiagnosed mood disorders. Unfortunately, many people manage anxiety with self-soothing and self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, or food. Anxiety treatment is the safest, most effective way to understand, treat, and manage any kind of anxiety.

If you or someone in your family is struggling with anxiety, know you are not alone. The team at NuLife Behavioral Health is here to help. Our dual diagnosis programs provide comprehensive anxiety treatment for clients across Massachusetts. With a range of outpatient treatment options, we have the program for your schedule. Call us now at 888.568.2057 to learn more about the benefits of anxiety treatment and how to naturally reduce anxiety triggers.

What Are Anxiety Triggers and What Causes Them?

Anxiety is an uncomfortable physical, emotional, and mental state of being. Anxiety happens when someone worries about the future or ruminates on the past. When a person experiences anxiety, their nervous system moves into a state of dysregulation as if their body is threatened. This means that their body experiences a fight, flight, or freeze state. In life-threatening situations, fight, flight, and freeze is a normal and often life-saving response. However, during an anxiety episode, there is no real threat to a person’s life. Signs of anxiety include:

  • Restlessness
  • Physical and mental tension
  • Nervousness
  • Sense of impending doom
  • High pulse
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Constant worry
  • Difficulty concentrating

An anxiety trigger is an action, feeling, emotion, interaction, or place that triggers anxiety, panic, and anxiety attacks. Unfortunately, a dysregulated state is increasingly common, causing frequent anxiety. Once anxiety is triggered, it’s difficult to calm the nervous system. This can lead to long-term health effects like hypertension, high blood sugar, and insomnia. Knowing the symptoms and common anxiety triggers to prevent anxiety attacks can help you understand your personal stress tolerance to know when it’s time to step away from an anxiety-inducing situation.

The Most Common Anxiety Triggers

Everyone’s anxiety triggers are different and based on life history, belief systems, diet, health, and overall wellbeing. However, four of the most common triggers include:

  1. Fear of failure and financial stress
  2. Food sensitivities and mood disorders
  3. Unhealed trauma and PTSD
  4. Ecological fears

For many people, news programs, loud noises, films, television, traffic accidents, and social media can also increase anxiety and cause anxiety attacks. Working with a therapist can help someone uncover anxiety triggers and know the best ways to stave off anxiety attacks. Typically, resolving unhealed trauma and treating mood disorders can relieve anxiety and prevent anxiety attacks. It can also reduce the risk of substance abuse and addiction.

Stop Anxiety Today with Treatment in Massachusetts

There are several different types of anxiety, ranging in severity, symptoms, and dangers. A qualified therapist can help you understand your own anxiety and how it may be similar and different from the anxiety of those around you. By working with individual, group, and family therapists, people feel more confident, secure, and in control of their anxiety.

If someone you love is ready to take control of their anxiety, NuLife Behavioral Health can help. The warm, friendly therapists at NuLife Behavioral Health meet clients where they are for personalized outpatient treatment. Our dual diagnosis programs help clients develop the tools they need to manage mental health and addiction without leaving home. Our flexible programs provide PHP and IOP care and residential treatment referrals to help families across Massachusetts gain control of their mental health and thrive.

Call NuLife Behavioral Health Today to Begin Anxiety Treatment Now

Don’t wait. Anxiety is treatable. Call us today to learn more about the benefits of anxiety treatment at NuLife Behavioral Health. Call us now at 888.568.2057 to learn more about our anxiety treatment programs.