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Old 07-12-14, 08:08 PM
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What is free floating anxiety?

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What is free floating anxiety?
It is when you get anxiety out of nowhere. When you have no idea what triggered it.


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Anxiety itself is a healthy condition. While the term refers to anxiety disorders, anxiety is a biological mechanism that helps you react quickly to dangerous events. Without anxiety, you'd often find yourself in dangerous situations, and you'd have a much harder time responding quickly to those dangers. But when you experience that anxiety when no dangers are present, and it seems to occur without anything triggering it, you may have what some refer to as "free-floating anxiety."

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Re: Floating anxiety

Never knew it was called that. Another thing to add to the repertoire . But seriously, it really helps to have a name, so it's easier to look it up. Thanks so much!
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careful with this link, there is a great test and a presentation which turns into a pitch to buy a method...
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"Your level of affectedness by anxiety and panic is not severe but strong enough to affect your life and your person on a regular basis. You tends to let things get to you. You are an over reactor and you're probably very emotional. You're sensitive and take things personally. You're a worrier and a "what-if" thinker. You might have a hard time being assertive, especially with certain people. You probably don't manage stress well."
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Re: Floating anxiety

Free floating anxiety is usually the result of having brain damage
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Re: Floating anxiety

Can it be that there also is 'false' free floating anxiety? That you get anxious without an obvious reason, but there it comes from the sub-conciousness as a forgotten association to something from your childhood?
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Re: Floating anxiety

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Free floating anxiety is usually the result of having brain damage
I am not sure if that is correct. Do you have any sources for your theory of cause?

This is what I have read.

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Scientists are not entirely clear what causes free floating anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder. They know there can be a genetic component, and they know there can be an upbringing/experiences component, but they're not sure how much of one there is and how to figure out which is which.

It's likely that free floating anxiety is caused by any or all of the following:
Neurotransmitters – Anxiety causes and can be caused by a poor balance of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals, like serotonin, that send messages to the brain. Several neurotransmitters have been linked to anxiety, including norepinephrine, serotonin, and GABA.
Life Experience – Life experience can also lead to the development of anxiety. There's no way to know exactly how, but it's possible that it's a combination of upbringing, confidence, bullying, parenting, and reinforcement depending on how you've acted in various situations.
Stress – Significant, long term stress can also create anxiety disorders. Again, it's not clear how this occurs, but the likelihood is that stress changes your hormone production semi-permanently, which in turn changes how your brain is able to process and handle anxiety.
Diet and Exercise – Finally, both diet and exercise can and do lead to anxiety in many people. Diet tends to be less common, although low levels of vitamins like magnesium have been linked to anxiety, as has dehydration. Exercise has a known anxiety link. Without exercise, the body's excess energy isn't regulated, and that can lead to the physical stress and anxiety disorders.
In almost every case it is likely a combination of many of these factors, and the exact origins are unlikely to be known. Regardless, all of these can create a feeling of anxiety that does not seem to have a specific cause or trigger.
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Re: Floating anxiety

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Free floating anxiety is usually the result of having brain damage
I haven't read anything suggesting free floating anxiety typically is a result of brain damage, but it's obviously one potential cause.
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Re: Floating anxiety

Anxiety is so confusing to the average person
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Would you say free floating anxiety is the same as GAD
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Would you say free floating anxiety is the same as GAD
I think it can often be associated with it, makes sense, and perhaps other mental things like the anxiety present in a manic episode.
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Absolutely not. That is sort of like saying a shot of bourbon is the same as alcohol poisoning
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Also known as "river anxiety "
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