How To Identify Your Anxiety Triggers

Anxiety Triggers

If you struggle with anxiety, Dr. Taji Huang, PhD in Glendale, California can help you identify your anxiety triggers and ultimately find the path towards real relief. While occasional anxious feelings are normal, anxiety that lasts too long or happens too often can keep you from living a full life. Identifying what triggers anxiety is an essential first step to managing it.

Causes Of Anxiety

Anxiety is a common yet complicated problem. Your anxiety may stem from a particular, terrible experience in the past, or you may be naturally more susceptible to chronic anxiety. Because of genetics, your fight-or-flight mechanism in your brain may be more sensitive than most.

Getting Help With Anxiety Triggers

In all cases, however, there are specific things that can make a person feel anxious, hence the term “triggers.” Anxiety treatment is about discovering what these triggers are and developing coping strategies to minimize their effect on you.

An anxiety counselor, like Dr. Taji Huang, is trained to spot patterns and connections between your symptoms and your triggers that you can’t see. This is particularly true in cases where your triggers are more cognitive (excessive negative thoughts or worry) than concrete (spiders).

Common Triggers

What makes you anxious largely depends on your habits and past experiences. A licensed therapist is trained to help you find your specific triggers. That said, psychologists have found that some triggers are more common than others. Here a few of the most common anxiety triggers:

  • Social Events, Public Speaking & Performances
  • Memories & Things Associated With A Traumatic Event
  • Major Life Changes — Health Issues, Birth Or Death In The Family, Etc.
  • Financial Concerns
  • Chronic Stress
  • Skipping Meals
  • Caffeine
  • Certain Medications

Tools For Coping With Anxiety

One of the best at-home methods for identifying anxiety triggers is journaling about your anxious experiences. Note what you felt before, during, and after the event. Monitor your diet and sleep patterns to determine if these are potential triggers. It’s vital that you be honest with yourself because, without honesty, you can’t uncover the truth behind your anxiety.

While knowing what your triggers are is essential, that’s not enough on its own. Most people with anxiety will arrange their lives around avoiding their triggers, yet that often makes matters worse. Through counseling, you’ll learn strategies to manage your emotions and cope with your anxiety. You’ll be equipped to face the world and enjoy life to the fullest.

Get Help Today

Tired of feeling scared, nervous, worried, and afraid all the time? Getting help from Dr. Taji Huang, PhD will free you from this vicious cycle of fear. Contact us in Glendale today to schedule your free consultation.

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