Anxiety attacks that take place while sleeping, also called nocturnal panic attacks, occur less often than do panic attacks during the daytime, but affect about 40%-70% of people who suffer from daytime panic attacks. Individuals with nocturnal panic attacks tend to have more respiratory symptoms associated with panic and have more symptoms of depression and of other psychiatric disorders compared to people who do not have panic attacks at night. Nocturnal panic attacks tend to result in sufferers waking suddenly from sleep in a state of sudden fright or dread for no known reason. As opposed to people with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, sufferers of nocturnal panic can have all the other symptoms of a panic attack. Although nocturnal panic attacks usually last no more than 10 minutes, it can take much longer for the person to fully recover from the episode.

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Fortunately, manic depression stats show equal predisposition among the sexes. In addition to this, women should be glad to know that they do not have the dominance of everything. Men rate higher on social skills deficit. Also, more of the men (but not women) with social skills deficits are reported to be the first-born child or only child in their families. This leads us to speculate whether older siblings are important as social role models for males. In obsessive-compulsive disorder, too, first born males dominate the ratings.

What are causes and risk factors for anxiety?

While there is no single cause of GAD, women tend to develop this condition and most other anxiety disorders more often than men, and individuals with a family history of anxiety and depression are more at risk for having GAD. Younger adults are more likely to have GAD or social anxiety disorder compared to older adults.

inhibited temperament, parental anxiety, and having family and friends who somehow support avoidant coping mechanisms are risk factors for developing an anxiety disorder. Adolescents who smoke have been found to be at risk for developing anxiety.

Environmental components are also a factor in anxiety disorders. Difficult events like divorce, abuse, moving, changing jobs or losing loved ones can result in real fearfulness, concern and anxiety, but this may intensify if it’s left unaddressed.

Even though genealogy and environmental variables may not change, there are many methods to counteract GAD and additional anxiety disorders. Making appropriate food choices, having adequate rest, keeping an everyday exercise routine, and controlling stress in a balanced way will help to reduce feelings of dread, worry and tension on a regular basis.

Substance use and abuse Lead to Anxiety

Withdrawal from drugs: Withdrawal from drugs which include benzodiazepines, barbiturate drugs and alcohol can causes anxiety.
Recreational drugs: Caffeine, nicotine and some other drugs including cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines also are recognized to causes anxiety.
Genetics and Brain chemistry Factors Causes Anxiety

Loved ones history of anxiety:some people may well possess a genetic predisposition that gives them a greater chance of suffering from anxiety disorders
Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters: when neurotransmitters in brain aren’t operating effectively,that lead brain reacting in an inappropriate in some conditions that what causes anxiety attacks.


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