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What environmental factors contribute to generalized anxiety disorder?

Research into environmental factors suggests that traumatic events in early life can make a person vulnerable to anxiety disorders. Parenting style, family environment and culture may influence susceptibility to GAD. Traumatic and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a family or friend, or divorce, may contribute to GAD. In addition, the use of and withdrawal from addictive substances (alcohol, caffeine and nicotine), which are often used to “self-medicate,” can further increase anxiety.

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