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Is anxiety hereditary?

Is anxiety hereditary?

Anxiety: Yes and no. Some families are predisposed to anxiety by virtue of either genetic association or, more likely, social learning theory, wherein behavior is learned by watching and observing. An anxious approach, reaction, or manner to situations may be "contagious.". ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is anxiety hereditary? My 5yr old has begun making faces when he's nervous/anxious. He isn't aware he's doing it. Are there natural remedies?

Is anxiety hereditary? My 5yr old has begun making faces when he's nervous/anxious. He isn't aware he's doing it. Are there natural remedies?

Anxiety tends to : Run in families. There may be a hereditary component to anxiety as well as learned patterns. Children learn how to cope with difficult situations by watching how their parents cope. The more you and other family members learn ways to cope with anxiety, your son will also learn better ways of coping. You can teach him some techniques to relax and talk to him about situations that make him nervous. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are anxiety disorders hereditary?

Can you tell me are anxiety disorders hereditary?

OCD and genetics: Some anxiety disorders such as ocd are inhereted. Panic disorder may also have a genetic component but that represents a diverse group of patients so the genetics may or may not be a factor, depending on the individual. ...Read more

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Can infants have anxiety attack symptoms? If anxiety can be hereditary, is it possible for infants to have anxiety attack symptoms? .

Can infants have anxiety attack symptoms? If anxiety can be hereditary, is it possible for infants to have anxiety attack symptoms?

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Possible: Anxiety is a normal emotion felt in anticipation of the unknown.It is developed over time based on our life experiences. Infants have fear of objects and later, of strangers at about the 9-10th month and later about the 18th month. They may respond to feared objects with symptoms that resemble those seen in adults with anxiety. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

Which gene?: Egfr t790m's actual risk is unknown since nobody knows how many people without lung cancer carry the mutation. Even li fraumeni doesn't approach a 1/3 risk of lung cancer. And what would you do with this information if you had it? Hopefully you will always be a non-smoker. ...Read more

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What is anxiety?

What is anxiety?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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What cures anxiety?

What cures anxiety?

See below: Talk to your physician to see if there is a physical basis for anxiety, work on finding out what makes you anxious. Try to establish daily routine to bring some predictability in your day; practice deep breathing, relaxation/ guided imagery (you can find scripts on the web); you can work with a therapist to help you guide through the process. Consider medication, if symptoms become overwhelming. ...Read more

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What causes anxiety?

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors. Causes can be; 1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs. 2. Psychological.........Perceived threat. 3. Social.............Actual threat. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more