Anxiety is one of the most pervasive mental health issues today. Anxiety has dozens of causes and a definitive cause can sometimes be difficult to find. Trauma, fears, or worries can cause anxiety, as can a number of mental health issues, personality types, and substances. Many individuals with anxiety do not report their symptoms due to not recognizing them or out of fear of being labeled neurotic. Despite the social stigma associated with anxiety, there are a host of medical complications that can come be associated anxiety.
Anxiety can cause one’s neurochemistry to become imbalanced. Anxiety triggers many different “fight-or-flight” neurotransmitters which can in turn trigger the constant release of relaxation hormones and endorphins. This can lead to a marked decrease in energy or a feeling of being constantly tired. Many individuals with anxiety use caffeine or other stimulants in order to combat the associated fatigue, which can then lead to more anxiety. One of the only treatments for the decreased energy associated with anxiety is restful, normal sleep.