Anxiety Induced by Medical Conditions

Anxiety Induced by Medical Conditions

 

Doctor talking to patient

Certain medical conditions can also lead to an anxiety disorder. In many cases, the anxiety might be the first indication that a medical illness exists, especially if the anxiety develops suddenly in a person with no prior history of anxiety or family history of anxiety disorders. Symptoms include general anxiety symptoms as well as panic attacks.

 

A number of medical conditions are known to include anxiety as a symptom, including:

  • Endocrine diseases (i.e., hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia)
  • Cardiovascular disorders (i.e., congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation)
  • Respiratory illnesses (i.e., asthma, pneumonia)
  • Metabolic disturbances (i.e., vitamin B12 deficiency, porphyria)
  • Neurological illnesses (i.e., encephalitis, seizure disorders)