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Conquer Anxiety at Any Time in Life Using Development Stages

Conquer Anxiety at Any Time in Life Using Development Stages

Just as anxiety can happen at any time in life, it’s possible to conquer anxiety at any time by using the stages of development. The previous two articles explored the fact that all human beings progress through distinct developmental stages, each with its own tasks and risks of failure and anxiety (Anxiety Can Happen at Any Age: Child and Teen Anxiety; Anxiety in the Adult Years: Anxiety Can Happen at Any Age). By understanding what our main developmental tasks are, we can use those stages of development to conquer anxiety at any time in life.

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Anxiety in the Adult Years: Anxiety Can Happen Any Age

Anxiety in the Adult Years: Anxiety Can Happen Any Age

Anxiety doesn’t discriminate and anxiety can happen in the adult years. It can strike all human beings, and anxiety can happen at any age. Humans progress through distinct developmental stages as they grow, and each stage is marked by specific tasks and characteristics. Sometimes, things go wrong at one or more stages of development. When a stage isn’t completed successfully, problems can occur (Anxiety Causes: What Causes Anxiety?). It is for this reason that anxiety can happen at any age — including in the adult years. 

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Anxiety Can Happen at Any Age: Child and Teen Anxiety

Anxiety Can Happen at Any Age: Child and Teen Anxiety

Anxiety can happen at any age. Anxiety itself is part of the human condition, present in our lives merely because we exist. Sometimes, anxiety grows and expands and begins to take over our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; when this happens, we may qualify for a diagnosis of one or more anxiety disorders. Both existential anxiety and anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and fears or phobias, can happen at any age. Let’s take a look at the anxiety that can happen at various ages.

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What Causes Anxiety, and Does It Matter?

What Causes Anxiety, and Does It Matter?

What causes anxiety (Anxiety Causes)? It’s a question nearly all anxiety sufferers ask. Anxiety can range from mild to debilitating; it can be a vague and general experience like existential anxiety, or it can be one of many different types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety can be temporary, intermittent, or feel like it’s permanent (that feeling that it will last forever is one of the lies anxiety tells you). Regardless of anxiety’s nature and type, it’s natural to want to know what causes anxiety. Anxiety can indeed have causes. Does it matter what they are? 

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What to Do When Current Events Cause Anxiety

What to Do When Current Events Cause Anxiety

Current events cause anxiety. News of violence and strife, hate, political problems, and more can and do take a toll on our mental health. In many cases, these events are geographically distant from viewers and thus aren’t an immediate threat to life and wellbeing. Why, then, do current events cause anxiety? Further, what can we do when current events cause anxiety? 

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Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety

Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety

Guilt is a distressing effect of anxiety. Guilt is the uncomfortable experience of self-flagellation for thinking, feeling, doing, and generally just existing,wrong (These Awful Effects of Anxiety Must Stop). Anxiety is the loud, critical voice in our head that provides a running commentary on the things we do wrong (wrong from anxiety’s perspective, that is). As if it weren’t bad enough to worry, fret, and fear that we’ve done something wrong, anxiety takes our discomfort to a new level. A very distressing effect of anxiety is guilt.

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Anxiety Has a Purpose; Know It and Beat Anxiety

Anxiety Has a Purpose; Know It and Beat Anxiety

If asked what purpose anxiety has in their lives, people’s answers might range from “absolutely nothing” to “torturing me and ruining my life.” Admittedly, it often feels like anxiety exists for no other reason than to torment us. Further, if we try to find a point to our anxiety, we frequently come up with nothing (Five Solution-Focused Ways to Beat Anxiety). Believe it or not, though, anxiety frequently does have a purpose. Discovering it can help you beat anxiety. 

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Big Cause of Anxiety: Responsibility for Others’ Happiness

Big Cause of Anxiety: Responsibility for Others’ Happiness

Taking responsibility for others’ happiness is a big cause of anxiety (Anxiety Causes: What Causes Anxiety?). People who are highly sensitive, caring individuals naturally want the people in their lives to be happy, to experience wellbeing. Caring for others is a character strength. However, it can easily morph into something unhealthy, where rather than wanting to contribute to others’ happiness and wellbeing, we find ourselves being people-pleasers in order to make them happy. Feeling as though we have sole responsibility for others’ happiness causes anxiety.

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Four Reasons Why Anxiety and Depression Can Occur Together

Four Reasons Why Anxiety and Depression Can Occur Together

Anxiety and depression, while different, often occur together (Relationship Between Depression And Anxiety). It has been estimated that half of all adults who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or major depression also experience the other.1 This double whammy is especially challenging—and annoying, to under-exaggerate. Why is it that anxiety and depression can occur together? Researchers are hard at work investigating this very question. The answer is a work in progress, but these four reasons help explain why anxiety and depression often occur together.

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Can Anxiety Disorders Come from a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Can Anxiety Disorders Come from a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Can anxiety disorders come from a traumatic brain injury? Anxiety disorders can be challenging, and it’s natural to want to know what causes them. Anxiety disorders, like all mental illnesses, are disorders of the brain. The brain is an organ of the body, and it can experience disease and/or injury just like any other organ. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause serious damage inside the brain. Depending on what part of the brain is damaged, TBI can lead to mental illness. Anxiety disorders can, indeed, come from a brain injury.

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