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what causes health anxiety? is it a brain disorder? hereditary? i have always been scared of things more then other kids? but not as bad as i am nw?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Anxiety: Anxiety may be partially genetic but may be due to a previous bad experience. Seek help from a psychotherapist or psychiatrist.
Answered on Mar 19, 2014
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
53 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends.: Some people have predisposition to anxiety if one or even both parents have excessive anxiety which may or may not obvious precipitating factors. There are other conditions under anxiety disorders that may be associated such as panic disorder, social phobia , generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders , acute stress disorder , ptsd and for children, separation anxiety.
Answered on Mar 19, 2014
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