Brenda Nicholson

Why Are You So Anxious? You’d Be Surprised.

I’ve been wondering about anxiety lately.

I remember having it as a child (I still do), and my youngest daughter exhibited signs as early as five. I know my mom had it. Is it learned or inherited?

The research indicates that it can be either one, and the most common way to tell is the age of onset. If you are anxious as a child, it’s most likely hereditary. Relatives with anxiety or other mental disorders increase your chances.

You can also develop anxiety if you experience a traumatic event or thyroid problems.

Women in their late thirties to forties — the age when perimenopause can begin — start to experience changes in their hormones. This can affect your thyroid.

In addition to the physical symptoms, you may notice feeling depressed and anxious.

Some autoimmune diseases, medications, and the level of iodine in your body can all affect your thyroid as well.

I had no idea that so many different things could be connected to anxiety!

If this is something that you struggle with, especially if you feel that your current treatment isn’t helping — you may want to talk to your doctor. You may have more avenues of treatment available to you than you think.

And, of course, if your hormones are fluctuating or you have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder, you need to be aware of it.

Don’t let your anxiety take over and worry endlessly about this. Be proactive, make some appointments, and find out what’s going on in your head and body.

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