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Does anxiety run in families?

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October 5th, 2014 5:07pm
From observations in my own life, I think anxiety certainly can run in families. I have a diagnosed anxiety/panic disorder, and I also see anxiety and depression affecting aunts, uncles, cousins, my grandma, mother, and sister. We don't necessarily talk about it much, but I see how anxiety is a shared struggle that many of my family members deal with.
November 4th, 2014 3:12am
Anxiety does happen to have a biological basis, sorta like allergies and whatnot. It can be inherited, but that's not always the cause of it.
October 23rd, 2014 2:01pm
Not necessarily, but anxiety can be learned and picked up on from family members. Living in a tense environment can be a factor to being more anxious.
July 14th, 2015 3:27pm
Research shows (just like with depression) anxiety can be a genetic thing, meaning it certainly can run through the family! This doesn't mean though everyone in a family will have an anxiety disorder, a gene can lay dormant (inactive) until there are the right environmental triggers for it to kick in (I.E bullying/Traumatic event).
November 18th, 2014 7:38am
Genetics and biology play a role in the creation of anxiety disorders. Not only does anxiety appear to run in families – if you take two people with similar experiences, one may have an anxiety disorder, one may not, and the only difference between them may be genetic, or at least influenced by the body more than the mind.
November 20th, 2014 11:17am
I honestly believe it does. Its something Ive noticed in high stress familys. If parents are Anxious, their children are more likely to pick up on that and feel it, even if they dont know what the anxiety is about.
October 24th, 2014 3:00am
Anxiety can run in families because certain types of genetics can make us more susceptible to stressors in our lives.
November 5th, 2014 11:01pm
Yes, you can be genetically predisposed to anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing either of thee and know someone in your family has dealt with it, try to talk to them about it.
November 11th, 2014 10:48am
If a family member has anxiety, there is a higher chance (but not a 100% guarantee) that you may also experience it.
August 4th, 2015 11:52pm
It certainly can run in families, but it doesn't have to. It's more like if a parent or family members are anxious, children pick it up. Personally, my grandmother and I both have anxiety. I know this is late but hope it helps!!
September 16th, 2015 11:52am
It can. I got anxiety from my dad, and he got anxiety from his dad. My brother also has anxiety. So I think it's possible that anxiety can run in a family, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to for an individual to be diagnosed with anxiety
February 8th, 2016 3:51am
In most cases yes. but I have seen many that haven't it is a factor, bu happens none the less
June 7th, 2016 11:28pm
Yes, because there are different types of anxiety. They aren't contagious but they run in your genes. It differs between each family member because no ones genes are exactly alike, some are more immune, some are not.
September 22nd, 2014 2:58pm
No. I have Anxiety problems. But my mom and dad has a very calm personality. They never panic or anxious about anything. So I don't think it runs in families.
October 10th, 2014 3:38pm
I would like to believe it does, like depression. Because I feel like as children growing up we like to model after our parents.
October 18th, 2014 7:52am
yeah,i think anxiety is the part of human , life, it create due to liking,disliking, also depend on losing and wining game in the life, human has unlimited desire with limited age ,all desire are not achieve able in the life,and there is always a corner of anxiety in the human body.
October 22nd, 2014 1:44am
I think it does. My grandmother had anxiety, my mom has it, and so do I know. I really think that it is a gene passed down in families.
October 22nd, 2014 2:23am
Research has shown that anxiety does have a biological basis. However, more research is necessary. Anxiety could be due to genetics.
November 2nd, 2014 3:27pm
There is a genetic component. Some people might inherit more stress-reactive alleles, for example. However, genetics is not a determining factor. Anxiety might also run in family by anxious attitudes and behaviors being modeled and passed down, such as distrust and avoidance tendencies. Overall, genetics and environment interact for anxiety to manifest.
November 4th, 2014 1:19am
It seems to, in my family. I have dealt with anxiety issues, as have my mother and my older sister.
November 4th, 2014 1:56pm
I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that anxiety is something that you can have a genetic predisposition to and then you get it if something happens to trigger it. Which would mean that yes, it does run in families, but doesn't necessarily have to.
November 4th, 2014 11:15pm
Yes it does, Researchers are learning that anxiety disorders run in families, and that they have a biological basis, much like allergies or diabetes and other disorders. Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
November 5th, 2014 1:31am
Yes, there are a multitude of studies showing a relationship between anxiety and genes. This does not always mean it will be passed on or even "activated" so to speak! A variety of psychosocial factors and life experiences can trigger the emergence of anxiety, although anxiety can develop even without a genetic background.
November 7th, 2014 1:05pm
i believe that anxiety can very well come from the way families treat their offspring. i am not entirely if the genetical implications can be related.
November 8th, 2014 5:51am
I don't believe anxiety runs in families, it is something we all experience in our lives, it can stay or fade eventually,but with dedication and a strong will you can overcome it.
November 10th, 2014 10:54am
Some genetic factors have been attributed to anxiety attacks, but even a relatively unhealthy socioeconomic conditions can naturally contribute to anxiety within the family. So, yes it does run in families, quite a lot. But, again, it's not universal.
November 11th, 2014 5:21am
Yes, many research studies have been done that show that anxiety can be genetic. This is especially true for immediate family members. I have personally experienced different kinds of anxiety disorders than some members in my slightly extended family have, but my psychiatrists have also said that this can also be due to genes.
November 12th, 2014 4:55am
Anxiety can have a genetic root in families, along with many other mental illnesses. That doesn't necessarily mean everyone or one person besides yourself must have it. Mental illnesses stem from so much, it can even be randomly triggered by traumatic or stressful events later in life.
November 14th, 2014 7:43pm
I personally think it can be passed on if someone is very vocal about their anxiety. Often vocalising a problem makes it more prominent for yourself and the people around you which may cause your family members to pick up on certain fears or worries. Also if it stems from a specific environment then people in that same environment could pick up on that. Genetically, anxiety can be passed down but personally I've not seen that happen and don't think it's that frequent.
April 22nd, 2015 1:28am
It can, but it can also be how you were raised and experiences when you were a child can have a huge play in it.