If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of anxiety – hypertension, irritability, excessive worrying, insomnia, nausea, poor concentration, racing thoughts and more – you may be looking towards for your family to see if you’ve inherited these symptoms. Do some people in your family exhibit these symptoms? Previous research has shown that genetics may have an impact on the development of anxiety, but other factors such as life experiences and one’s environment may play a key role, too.

There are a variety of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Each of these disorders comes with unique potential causes, some of which may not necessarily be passed down to you. For example, if one of your parents experienced something traumatic when they were younger, they may have developed PTSD; this isn’t something that you would necessarily develop unless you experienced something traumatic or picked up on some general anxiety symptoms as you got older.

Psychologist Amy Przeworski, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland explains that genetics make up about 30% to 40% of the variability that we receive for being predisposed to anxiety symptoms as we develop. A study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that certain correlates to anxiety disorder are apparent very early in life – for example, panic disorder symptoms may be evident as early as 8 years old. If genetics aren’t 100% responsible for anxiety developed, what else plays a part?

Environmental risk factors for anxiety include abuse of any kind, traumatic events, stressful life events, difficult family relationships, lack of a strong social support system, low income status, poor overall health, and more. It’s very possible that you developed anxiety later on in life, and it was brought on by some upsetting events. You may also have had symptoms of anxiety for most of your life and are now recognizing these symptoms as you’ve gotten older. Understanding the causes behind your anxiety is important but getting treated for your symptoms is important to leading a happy, healthy life. If you haven’t already, speak with a representative at a reputable treatment center today to begin developing the tools you need to better manage your anxiety.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.



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