Anxiety Attack: What Are The Causes (And How to Treat It)

by cadabamshospital

24 March,2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Anxiety is more than the normal stress that we go through every now and then. Anxiety disorder is a serious mental condition in which patients are excessively stressing or worrying about their self-confidence, relationship with others, their capabilities of performing daily tasks at school or work. Anxiety attacks can be extremely severe where patients can experience breathlessness. Living with anxiety can be very difficult as you are constantly overanalyzing every aspect of your life.

Moreover, when you are always stressed about things, it can lead to many other health issues. If you find yourself constantly being in a state of worry and feeling negative about everything, then you should get medical attention immediately. If not treated, you might be hindering your personal relationships, academic capabilities, and professional opportunities. 

Cadabam’s Hospitals is a trusted healthcare center that is dedicated to providing a wide range of treatments for psychiatric and neurology illnesses. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and physicians work with the patients to formulate a care plan that is best suited for their condition. With over three decades of experience, we have treated more than one lakh patients nationwide. To book an appointment, call at +919741476476 or mail The helpline number is available 24x7. 

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body's automatic response to any challenging/stressful situation. Little anxiety is good; it helps to stay focused, alert and motivated. But too much anxiety causes a lot of emotional and physical symptoms. Anxiety isn't developed or caused by a single factor but a combination of factors like personality, early life experiences, physical health, and many other factors.

An anxiety attack is an abrupt or sudden onset of intense discomfort or fear that reaches the peak within a few minutes. These can be frightening, awful, or intense.

What Causes Anxiety Attacks? (Know These Anxiety Attack Causes)

Anxiety Attack Causes

  • Family History: For some people, it may be hereditary. But it doesn't always mean that if a close relative or your parents have anxiety, you will also be getting anxiety.
  • Personality Factors: People with some personality traits such as perfectionism, inhibition, timidity,  low self-esteem, easily flustered, or being controlling are prone to develop anxiety during childhood, adolescence, or as adults.
  • Ongoing Stressful Events: People who are undergoing traumatic stress right now are more likely to get anxiety. Some common triggers are:
  1. Work stress or job change
  2. Change in living arrangements
  3. Pregnancy and giving birth
  4. Divorce or separation
  5. Major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event
  6. Abuse either sexual, emotional, or physical
  7. Death or loss of a loved one
  • Health Problems: Your physical health can also lead to anxiety. People living with serious, ongoing, or life-threatening physical health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, cancer, etc., can have anxiety. It is also found that anxiety is common among people who have mental health problems. Depression and anxiety conditions often occur together.
  • Substance Use: People resort to alcohol or other drugs to help them manage their anxiety or worries. In some cases, people get anxious because of their behavior of drinking and other drugs. Research shows that alcohol and substance use can trigger anxiety conditions after the effects of abuse wear off.
  • Early Life Experiences: Difficult childhood, adolescence, or adulthood can trigger anxiety. Anxiety is triggered when a person experiences any kind of physical or emotional abuse, neglected by family, losing a parent, a parent going through a divorce, or being bullied or excluded from society.

How Is Anxiety Treated?

One of the primary aims of anxiety treatments is to eliminate the chances of anxiety attacks and reducing the symptoms. 

Following are some of the treatment options for anxiety: 

  • PsychotherapyThis is a form of counseling where patients learn to control their negative emotions and get back to normalcy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the effective therapies used to treat anxiety. 
  • Medications – Certain medications are prescribed by doctors in order to control the symptoms of anxiety. Antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, buspirone, etc., are some of the medications used for anxiety.
    To know more about the ways to deal with anxiety, watch our Webinar on The Science Behind Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

Why Cadabam’s Hospitals?

When it comes to receiving advanced care for anxiety, you can certainly rely on the professionals at Cadabam’s Hospitals. The center understands that each patient has a unique care need; therefore, the team designs a personalized treatment plan that is best suited for you. We have been serving patients nationwide for over three decades, with quality and reliable care at the very centre of what we do.

The multispeciality team at Cadabam’s Hospitals has managed to bring back the smiles of thousands of patients. You can know more about our anxiety treatment by calling at +919741476476 or emailing at

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you cure anxiety naturally?

A healthy and active lifestyle can significantly help in controlling anxiety. Some of the things that you can do include – 

  1. Perform regular exercises to maintain healthy emotional and physical well-being. 
  2. Do not drink alcohol or consume any recreational drugs. 
  3. Avoid taking too much caffeine 
  4. Make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep. 
  5. Quit smoking
  6. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet 
  7. Practice meditation. 

What are the types of anxiety?

Following are the five prominent types of anxiety – 

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder 
  2. Panic disorder
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  4. Social phobia 
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder

What are the main causes of anxiety? 

There are many triggers that can cause anxiety. Some of the causes include 

  1. The death of the loved one
  2. Excessive work stress 
  3. Worry about finances 
  4. Certain personality types are naturally prone to anxiety

How can you calm down during an anxiety attack?

Self-care practices are important to effectively deal with anxiety. Following are several practices that can help in calming the anxiety –

  1. Consume well-balanced diet
  2. Take a time-out, especially during stressful situations 
  3. Slowly count to 10
  4. Meditate 

At what age anxiety starts?

On average, the symptoms of anxiety can be seen at the age of seven years. It can be caused due to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or ADHD.