Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults—18 percent of the population—every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). We all get anxious over certain circumstances (say, a big presentation at work), but if you’re experiencing feelings of nervousness or unease for no apparent reason, one of these subtle, everyday triggers might be to blame. Here’s what you need to know about managing those triggers and preventing your feelings from escalating. And don’t miss these expert tips for understanding anxiety and panic disorder.
You drank too much coffee
“We think nothing of that extra cup of coffee, but caffeine makes the body nervous and jittery and triggers the fight or flight response,” explains Nikki Martinez, a psychologist who practices in Chicago, Illinois. Overdoing it on the lattés and espressos has been shown to produce symptoms that are indistinguishable from an anxiety disorder, according to a study from the British Journal of Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are just one of the 7 signs that can reveal whether you’re drinking too much coffee.