Subway11- I think that sometimes the stimuli might be a specific person or event.
The doctor would then use a form of behavioral modification in order to get the patient to slowly change their way of thinking toward a specific act.
In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, doctors also prescribe antidepressants because anxiety disorders are also considered stress depression and anxiety as well.
I read an interesting fact that many stress and anxiety disorders occur in female alcoholics. A large portion of them suffer from agoraphobia which is the fear of being far away from home by yourself.
This explains the alcoholism because people suffering from stress depression and anxiety also have a higher tendency to form an addictive personality.
Sometimes the anxiety manifests itself in alcohol and sometimes it is in food or drugs. These addictions can also be a result of symptoms of stress and anxiety.