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Causes of anxiety - The ‘fight or flight’ response

Anxiety is often caused by modern day stresses such as social pressure or work stress, but its root also lies in a more primitive reaction known as the 'fight or flight' response. On this page, Marianna Kilburn, our mental wellbeing advisor, explores some of the causes of anxiety.

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