Anxiety Through The Ages Of Development

Anxiety is a common occurrence for a large portion of the population. Anxiety is experienced by all peoples at any age. Depending on the developmental stage of the person, there are some general characteristics of how anxiety is experienced in a person’s life, and here we have outlined some of the different anxiety triggers in relation to the stages of development.


Young Adults (20-40)

Intimacy and love are the prime motivators for people in this phase of life. This is where people seek out longer-term relationships, connections and friendships. These are the social years. With much more of an emphasis on this proximity and connection to people, the lack of developing strong relationships can be a cause of heightened anxiety and feelings of alienation for many people. Isolation and loneliness is said to be linked to a much higher risk of anxiety disorders. Value quality friends and make attempts to be social.


Middle Adults (41-65)

The search for life meaning and purpose is strong here in the middle adult years. With a large focus on caring for others in the family – namely children and grandchildren, these years also bring up more of a journey inward to question the inner self and life purpose. Anxiety in these years can be brought about through failures to care and provide for the family, or feeling stuck and disconnected to a greater sense of life purpose and spirituality. Maintain feelings of purpose and keep striving towards your goals by constantly reminding yourself what you’re working towards.


Late Adults (66+)

Acceptance is one of the key concepts that is experienced in this stage. With retirement, a general slowing down and more room for contemplation and hindsight, this is a time where feelings of reminiscing on the past, and looking forward to the future can create feelings of regret, uncertainty and unease, leading to anxiety. It is important in this stage of life to practice acceptance and present moment awareness in order to maintain a peaceful state of mind for wherever a person finds themselves in their lives.


In any case, at any age, for those experiencing anxiety, it is important to know that there is help available. There are many forms of online, phone, and in person support that can help someone who is going through anxiety make it through. Exercise and good nutrition also helps to combat mental health issues. Find out more by contacting your local physician. They can help you develop a healthy lifestyle plan.