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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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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 depression hereditary?

Is depression hereditary?

Yes: Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited. Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression. ...Read more

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Is add/adhd hereditary?

Is add/adhd hereditary?

Yes: Adhd is highly hereditable. The incidence of adhd is about 5% of population. Identical twins have a concordance of >80% (if one twin has adhd, it's >80% likely the other will). Full blood siblings have a rate of 35%, parent to child rate is 20%, if both parents are adhd, the child rate is closer to 50%. Faraone sv, biederman j, milberger s. An exploratory study of adhd among second-degree relative. ...Read more

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Is hyperthyroidism hereditary?

Is hyperthyroidism hereditary?

Partly: Genetic factors increase susceptibility to grave's disease, but a specific gene has not been identified. ...Read more

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Is jealousy hereditary?

Is jealousy hereditary?

Somewhat, mostly no: Some studies suggest that genetics may play a part in jealousy, but those same studies show that it's what happens to us, the way we're raised, the influential people in our lives, and environmental events that are most important in cultivating a jealous disposition. There are ways to reduce jealousy on one's own, and if it can't be done without assistance, therapy can help. ...Read more

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Is stuttering hereditary?

Is stuttering hereditary?

No: Not hereditary in a mendelian sense, but genetic predisposition has been identified in some families. ...Read more

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Is there a hereditary component to tourette's syndrome?

Is there a hereditary component to tourette's syndrome?

Yes: The gene has not yet been identified, so mode of transmission is also unknown. Fathers usually have a history of tourette's or undiagnosed chronic tics, anxiety with features of OCD & adhd. Mothers may have a history of anxiety/ocd & adhd without tics because of partial penetrance of the gene. Because it can come from either parent, researchers look at autosomes, not the sex chromosomes. ...Read more

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Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Often: There are many families that have long histories of depression. Often they show up as substance abuse or alcoholism as family members self treat themselves in destructive ways. Bipolar disease has been shown to run in families. ...Read more

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Lsd triggering hereditary schizophrenia, is this possible?

Lsd triggering hereditary schizophrenia, is this possible?

Absolutely : Even pot can do this. Please seek treatment as soon as possible. See a psychiatrist asap. ...Read more

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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Or generalized anxiety disorder is a persistent pattern of anxiety/worry about a number of things for at least 6 months. It involves feeling restless or keyed up, easy fatiguability, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and/or sleep distturbance. These anxieties cause significant distress or impairment in functioning. ...Read more

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Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Definition Dependant: Most inborn errors of metabolism cause mental retardation because toxic substances build up in the body and brain. If we consider that most diseases are caused by genetics then most genetic disorders do not cause mental retardation. I am not a geneticist but i think the answer to this question depends on how we define genetic conditions. Hope this helps - here are some links: http://bit.Ly/rkklwh. ...Read more

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Is anisometropia hereditary condition?

Is anisometropia hereditary condition?

Hereditary?: Anisometropia can be hereditary in some cases but often does not have a related family history. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more

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Is myopericarditisis hereditary?

Myopericarditis: Depends on type. Let's do 2nd opinion and get to the bottom Of the issue. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

yes, but depends: Certain types of paranoia can have a genetic predisposition, and some times it can be caused by drugs or medications. Your best bet is to get a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist and get a better answer that is specific to you. ...Read more

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What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

Normal vs. illness: "anxious" or anxiety is a normal, necessary human emotion. Anxiety disorders are abnormal conditions in which additional problems develop as a result of persistent, unnecessary anxiety. Doctors don't treat anxiety, per se. They treat anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Is Generalized epilepsy hereditary?

Is Generalized epilepsy hereditary?

Some: there are many varieties of generalized seizrues. Some like Petit mal and febrile seizures have a high rate of familial occurrence. Others do not. The EEG pattern helps define the type of seizure which can clarify the issue. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

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Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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