Is anxiety hereditary?

Is anxiety hereditary? There are a  number of factors that can contribute to us feeling anxious.

Anxiety is oppressive, dominating and life limiting. If we suffer from it, it can be as much as we can do to make a cup of tea some days and some days we seem able to do a lot more. It can be nothing more than a trip to the shops that can trigger us into a terrible anxiety attack and at other times we seem to be able to deal with a lot of pressure.

Counselling can help with anxiety and if your anxiety has been around for a long time I would suggest that there are more effective treatments available than CBT in it’s NHS form.

So, what causes anxiety and is it genetic? Receiving consistent comfort and safety from our parents or care givers when we were young is the best start a person can have in life and will certainly set us on the right road to feeling good about ourselves and the challenges the world has in store.

Anxiety and depression is seldom present in people who grew up in a place that consistently nurtured them and saw them as valuable individuals, worthy of comfort and support.

There is little evidence to suggest that anxiety is genetic. Examine claims that anxiety is genetic with healthy scepticism.

Geneticists claim that all our behaviour is genetic. However it is also clear that, if you do have a certain gene, there has to be certain environmental components present in order for that gene to express itself. To complicate things even more, we cannot be sure why this particular gene expresses itself as it does, when it does. It could be mercury in the water you drank as a child or too much sleep in a cot that maintained a certain crucial temperature. In other words, the permutations are endless and certainly not simple or easily predictable.

So, genetic research will perhaps never be able to 100 percent identify if a person will have anxiety and why that person has anxiety.

Brains change as we are exposed to stuff and then change again when we are exposed to other stuff.

So, if anxiety is not predictable and understandable in genetic terms, passing emotional behaviour across the generations divide is far more likely and easy track. So, if I take the time to look at what worked for me and what didn’t work for me when I was raised there will be a very good chance that I will raise children who are calmer and less anxious than I was.

If you would like to find out how I can help you effectively deal with your anxiety then please get in touch with me. I would be happy to talk to you by phone or email.

Recovery takes work and commitment and it is possible.