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Is anxiety hereditary?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.".

In brief: 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.".
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It can be hereditary, yes.

In brief: Yes

It can be hereditary, yes.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Does run in families

Research has provided evidence that anxious temperament may be inherited and this temperament is a risk factor for the development of anxiety (and for depression and substance abuse as well).
In addition, a recent study found that brain metabolism, in specific brain areas, accounts for a significant portion of the inherited risk of developing extreme anxiety.

In brief: Does run in families

Research has provided evidence that anxious temperament may be inherited and this temperament is a risk factor for the development of anxiety (and for depression and substance abuse as well).
In addition, a recent study found that brain metabolism, in specific brain areas, accounts for a significant portion of the inherited risk of developing extreme anxiety.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
And as Dr. Levenson points out, social learning is likely influential in the development of anxiety disorders.
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