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Who can get anxiety?

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Last Updated: 08/27/2021 at 1:53pm
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September 1st, 2015 8:41pm
Anyone! Mental illness does not discriminate. Everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety from time to time, it's natural for new, unfamiliar, or challenging situations to prompt feelings of anxiety or nervousness. However, some people struggle with severe forms of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that involve excessive amounts of anxiety, fear, nervousness, worry, or dread. Anxiety that is too constant or too intense can cause a person to feel preoccupied, distracted, tense, and always on alert.
December 10th, 2014 9:35pm
Anyone prone to harboring many worries or concerns. Anxiety seems to creep up on those who are deeply caring, perfectionistic or feeling vulnerable. Or all three! So if you find yourself preoccupied with others (what they think, how they feel), place the greatest importance on doing 'the right thing' at all times, or if you tend to feel unsafe and fear harm in situations out of your control, these are anxiety breeding grounds. So, anxiety can evolve from personal attributes (e.g. being highly empathetic), or situational and environmental factors (like living in poverty). If you find anxieties are interfering with your life, I hope you reach out for support.
December 11th, 2014 2:02am
Anyone and everyone can get anxiety. Anxiety can be caused by stress and trauma. If your family has a history of having anxiety disorders, you're more likely to develop it.
December 11th, 2014 12:39pm
Anyone can get anxiety even children have been known to exhibit symptoms of anxiety and it often goes unrecognized and or passes with time or professional aid.
December 12th, 2014 5:17pm
Anyone can get anxiety! It's part of life in everything you do. I can really guarantee you that everyone you know has been anxious at least once in their life for something. Be it social or anything.
December 13th, 2014 8:56am
Anyone and everyone! It's natural for us to get anxiety from time to time. Whether it be severe or very minimal. It is a normal reaction to being overwhelmed by something.
December 14th, 2014 1:11am
Anyone! It's mixture of biological factors and environmental stressors. For some people it's almost 100% biological (ex: "I have a great life, I've never had a traumatic experience, and yet I'm continually anxious") and for others it's almost 100% due to experiences (ex: "Something bad happened to me in the past, and now I am really anxious."). For most people it's a mixture (ex: "Some hard stuff happened, and some of my family members also struggle with anxiety or other illnesses, and I struggle with anxiety.")
December 17th, 2014 4:16am
anyone. everyone. the disorder doesn't discriminate. but if you have a high family history than it is more likely
December 21st, 2014 8:42am
GAD develops in about 1 in 50 people at some stage in life. Twice as many women as men are affected. It usually first develops in your 20s but is frequently being recognised in older people.
December 24th, 2014 3:24am
Anyone, really, but certain conditions make it more likely for it to develop, e.g trauma, a significant life change, long periods of emotional distress, being around someone who mistreats you, etc.
December 29th, 2014 3:08am
Anyone. Anyone at all. Anxiety comes from within.. it's a demon many people face. All of us could be victims if we let it overtake us.
March 13th, 2015 5:59am
Everyone gets anxiety at sometimes in their lives and if they don't then they are lying. I feel anxiety can be something positive or negative for example you can feel positive anxiety because your are anxious about getting married and walking down the aisle. Or in a negative way that you are feeling anxiety because you think you won't pass the test.
April 5th, 2015 11:24pm
Anyone can get anxiety or any other mental disorder without any particular reason. Sometimes the brain just gets sick. But don't worry, EVERY mental disorder is curable.
April 8th, 2015 6:06pm
Honestly, everyone can get anxiety. Even before I was raped, when I was a happy, carefree person, I found myself becoming anxious. There is no shame in having anxiety, I believe everyone has it, it is just the level of intensity that differs from person to person.
April 10th, 2015 1:47am
Anyone can get anxiety. It has been tested and seen in people of all ages. Sometimes it will happen as a teenager. Often it will develop in adulthood with increasing stresses and obligations. But it is always handleable.
April 14th, 2015 3:49am
Everyone can get anxiety. Anxiety is synonymous with fear, which modern culture and media unfortunately perpetuates. You are not alone in your anxiety. It is extremely prevalent, probably more than ever.
April 26th, 2015 9:32am
Anyone- anxiety isn't specific to a certain type of person, so if you are anxious don't feel like your issue isn't real
June 18th, 2015 3:08pm
Anybody can get anxiety, it's how each individual processes that anxiety or manages it that makes a difference. Some people get anxious but it doesn't affect their day to day lives, whereas others are highly impacted by the anxious feelings.
June 22nd, 2015 5:45pm
Anyone. (I had to take up 100 characters to fulfill the field requirement, but Anyone is accurate.)
July 6th, 2015 4:27am
anybody can get anxiety. it doesn't have a gender, race, or age preference. anxiety is usually caused by a long term of stress.
July 13th, 2015 2:04am
Anyone can have anxiety. Most of the time you wouldn't recognize someone having anxiety could be the person next to you maybe even a celebrity on TV.
July 21st, 2015 8:05pm
Absolutely anyone can get anxiety, no matter how severe, how old, young, rich or poor, it can happen to anyone, whether it be from a traumatic event, or from daily life, you're not alone. There are people to help you through it.
August 3rd, 2015 10:10pm
Everyone feels anxious sometimes – worried or afraid of something happening, or obsessed about something happening in a certain way. When that fear or anxiety becomes something that gets in the way of your life (school or work, relationships, ability to enjoy things or cope), doesn’t go away and causes you distress, that is when it could be a more serious anxiety disorder.
November 2nd, 2015 8:37am
People coming from a bad childhood experience can get anxiety easily. It has been seen that children who face any negative experience like bullying, abuse or lack of confidence has a tendency of getting anxiety after they become adults.
November 17th, 2015 11:03pm
People who are highly stressed. Depressions and past/current difficult distressing experiences can also cause anxiety. It's important to breathe slowly and count to 10. Plus to sip water and get fresh air asap.
December 28th, 2015 7:56am
Everybody can get anxiety, stress, and depression are two main causes of people getting anxiety according to what I learned
January 5th, 2016 9:20pm
Anyone can get anxiety. People with Depression People overweight and eating disorders also causes it
February 8th, 2016 11:28pm
Technically, everybody gets anxiety! Anxiety is a healthy response to stressors, and is evolutionarily adaptive. Anxiety is NOT adaptive when it begins to cause significant distress or impair your every day functioning. Anxiety disorders are quite common and treatable; if this sounds like you, set up an appointment with your doctor or a counselor/therapist!
March 29th, 2016 8:47am
Anyone can get anxiety. As there are also many types of anxiety it can happen to anyone in different forms.
April 4th, 2016 7:44pm
Anybody can get anxiety. It affects 1 in 4 people in their lifetime. We can't choose who has anxiety