Why does anxiety come and go?

Daily stressors, such as traffic jams or missing the train, can cause anxiety for anyone. But chronic or prolonged stress can lead to long-term anxiety and worsening symptoms, as well as other health problems.

Stress can also lead to behaviors such as skipping meals, drinking alcohol, or not getting enough sleep

. Everyone becomes anxious, restless, and exhausted, but if you constantly feel worried, tense, or nervous, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, anxiety does not go away and may get worse over time. Research shows that a combination of environmental and genetic factors is likely to increase a person's risk of developing an anxiety disorder, notes the National Institute of Mental Health. Like many health conditions, anxiety appears to run in families.

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