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Free-floating anxiety, also called generalized anxiety disorder is the recurring triggered stress level constantly. A normal level of stress and anxiety works like a stimulator to deal with insecurities and problems. But the persistent experience of fears and stress leads to free-floating anxiety. The person becomes powerlessly addicted to persisting stress and anxiety.

The ultimate effects of the increasing stress cause physical and emotional health breakdown. The fears and insecurities tend to be increasingly growing larger. And thus reaches a level, where the root cause of the anxiety or the problem does not exist. The problem or the event has not been there in reality. To sum up, Victim describes free-floating anxiety in a beautiful way.

“I am scared of facing something really catastrophic and that nothing good is going to happen with me”

Symptoms of free-floating anxiety:

Here are some Symptoms of free-floating anxiety:

1. Worrying and paranoid about everything:

The person suffering from free-floating anxiety faces being paranoid about everything constantly. There come rare positions,  where a person stays peaceful.  And more importantly,  the person is more worried and paranoid about future uncertainties. 

2. Insomniac or disturbed sleeping patterns:

The person suffering from free-floating anxiety stays sleepless and insomniac. The sleeping patterns are horribly disturbed.  Those disturbed sleeping patterns and cycles eventually cause highly irritation in the person. Petty issues and problems irritate the person.  

3. Losing the ability to control stress:

A person being victimized by free-floating anxiety loses the ability to control stress and panic attacks. The pessimism reaches a state of eventually getting victimized by panic attacks. Likewise, the person becomes miserable to control the negative thoughts cycle.  And the control over his/her miserable state leads to greater physical and emotional health breakdown. 

4. Losing the ability to control negative thoughts:

A person with free-floating anxiety disorder loses self-power to control negative thoughts. This leads to a recurring pattern of negativity and pessimism. And the person eventually becomes programmed and conditioned to expect negative consequences from everything.

5. Losing focus in life:

The person with free-floating anxiety loses focus and concentration on his/her goals. He/she becomes a victim and gets distracted easily. This resultantly causes confusion and divided attention constantly. The divided attention ultimately causes greater loss to a person’s ambitions. 


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The standard university school of medicine narrated the primary cause of free-floating anxiety due to the dysfunctional status of some parts of the brain and amygdala. Amygdala is responsible for playing a critical role in controlling and balancing emotions, perceptions, and experiences. The balance in the amygdala is thus unbalanced with the state of being dysfunctional. And people are prone to extreme fear and anxiety. Some causes have been identified by a psychiatrist, which is as follows:

1. Genetics:

Some families have the highest reactionary tendency in genes toward stress and anxiety. The happening of normal issues appears to be like a mountain out of a molehill. Thus, the genes inherited from the forefathers become a cause of free-floating anxiety in some people.

2. Imbalance in brain chemistry and function:

Some people have a low tendency to tolerate a past mishap and move on. Their brain chemistry with the functionality gets imbalanced, which resultantly causes free-floating anxiety.

3. Perception difference:

Some people are reactionary toward perceiving the threat when the circumstances do not appear to them favorable. The over reactionary behavior of the person resultantly causes free-floating anxiety attacks consecutively. And thus, become a part of a personality.

4. Stagnant development in personality:

Some parents badly play a role in conditioning a child to be reactive and fearful of circumstances. They rarely focus on the development of the personality of the child, which can condition them to face trials with patience and rationality. Thus, Children get reactionary behavior, which later on resultantly leads to free-floating anxiety.

How to treat free-floating anxiety? 

Here I’m going to explain How to treat free-floating anxiety?

1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy:

This therapy is a more significant tool by experts and psychologists to treat free-floating anxiety. The tools of cognitive-behavioral therapy are effective by research to treat it successfully. This therapy tries to find out the origin and root cause of the stress. And eventually, it helps to find out better options for involving the brain in productive activities rather than draining energy on worries.

2. Medication:

Medication is generally is not there in normal conditions. But in an extreme situation, the person sees psychiatrists. Some medicines in extreme cases help the patient with free-floating anxiety to activate neurotransmitters to deal with stress effectively.

3. Exercise:

Patient with free floating anxiety needs to do exercise regularly. Exercising helps the person to release stress hormones and burn off extra fats. Likewise, exercising helps the patient to get a peaceful sleep. 

4. Journal writing:

Some experts prescribe journal writing to patients with free floating anxiety. It helps to release the negative energy and soothes the mind magically. Likewise, it helps to gauge the constant pattern of negative thoughts and their root causes. Thus, journal writing is the best strategy to gauge the recurring pattern of negative emotions and thoughts. 


Hence, concluding the discussion, we can say that free-floating anxiety restricts one’s ability to concentrate on ambitions. It harms one’s progress and personality development. The need for treatment varies from person to person. The treatment depends on one’s lifestyle, personality, and level of stress.

The patient must consult an expert to go through a proper system of treatment. We have to deal with this disorder seriously. Otherwise, showing negligence to persistent stress and worries causes mental, physical, and emotional health breakdown. As a result, a patient must be willing to give attention to the recurring triggered stress. Likewise, the horrific experience of the disorder on one’s well-being cannot be belittled. It drains one’s positive energy and physical weaknesses. Hence, this disorder must be prioritized to take treatment as earlier as one can. 

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