Hidden Causes of Anxiety: How to Find and Treat Them

May 10, 2011 Amy Kiel

Sometimes, the cause of anxiety isn't readily apparent. Instead of a psychological cause of anxiety, could the cause be physical? Listen to Dr. Sharon Keller.

If anxiety has become your unwanted friend - you may already be familiar with the usual suspects when it comes to the causes of anxiety disorders. We have heredity, brain chemistry, personality and life experiences. But have you taken a moment to consider physical causes of anxiety?

Dr. Sharon HellerOur guest, Dr. Sharon Heller, notes these "hidden" causes of anxiety are often unknown, overlooked, and sometimes only treated with alternative therapies. She delves into this in her recent book, Anxiety: Hidden Causes.

Dr. Heller is a developmental psychologist who faced her own severe anxiety and sensory processing issues. How severe? "At times, I needed to brace myself just to go out." She now specializes in how nutrition, toxic substances and other physical problems can cause anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. In her research, she came across these hidden causes of anxiety:

  • food
  • drugs
  • medical illness
  • central nervous system problems
  • sensory processing
  • cranial - sacral misalignment
  • chemical toxicity

Listen to The Hidden Causes of Anxiety Radio Interview

You will find additional information about anxiety in the HealthyPlace Anxiety and Panic Community.

Dr. Sharon Heller's website is here.

APA Reference
Kiel, A. (2011, May 10). Hidden Causes of Anxiety: How to Find and Treat Them, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

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