People with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
Anxiety can manifest for many different reasons
Prolonged, chronic illnesses
Continued exposure to trigger events
Childhood abuse, trauma or neglect
Current issues or problems in life, such as being out of work, working too many hours, poverty,
feeling lonely or isolated, being bullied or harassed, feeling under too much stress or pressure ….. the list can be endless.
Some types of food and drink can also trigger anxiety: alcohol, caffeine and sugar plus a diet high in processed foods, can all either start or exacerbate anxiety disorders. They may seem that they can be a good short-term strategy in managing anxiety, however over the medium to long term nutrition can be seen to be key in both managing and depleting anxiety.
It’s common for anxiety to be experienced alongside other neurological and mental health conditions as well as being a huge part of life for those with physical challenges.