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    I am studying for my USMLE exam and I am short of causes for anxiety disorders. Can I get help?


    Hello maria111,
    Studying for licensing exams can be difficult and we tend to miss important things due to fog memory and fatigue. To assist you, I have listed the causes of anxiety disorders below.
    The causes can be medical causes or due to the use of certain medicines.

    Medical Causes

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
  • Drug misuse or withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) or other medications
  • Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rare tumors that produce certain fight-or-flight hormones
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