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Anxiety - Causes and Risk Factors

The risk factor of late-life anxiety is a complex combination of both biological and environmental factors.

1. Biological risk factors
  • Female gender has twice as often risk compared to men. 
  • Family history of mental illness (anxiety/mood disorders) predisposes one to develop anxiety/mood disorders.
  • People with chronic physical illnesses have a greater risk of developing anxiety disorder.
For example, excessive fear of falling leads to an individual's avoiding activities that she or he remains capable of performing.

2. Environmental risk factors
Loneliness or lack of social support is one the main environmental factors. Low socioeconomic status or recent stressful life events such as lose of love ones and having to care for sick family member can also increase the risk one to develop anxiety. In the current climate Covid pandemic predisposes one to mental illnesses. 

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