Friday, December 4, 2020

Is Anxiety Caused by Genetics?

     Anxiety is one thing that many, many humans have dealt, or will have to deal with sometime in their life time. In simple terms, it can be defined as one who has an intense fear about every little thing going on around them, causing many symptoms such as fatigue, elevated blood pressure, stress, sweats, and many more. Many things can cause this such as family stress, school, work, relationship issues, personal issues, etc. But, why does this happen more often in some families, and not others at times? Anxiety very may well be passed down from generation to generation. One study showed that the gene, RBFOX1, raises the chances for one to acquire anxiety feelings. Of course, we know that an external factor could very well cause it, such as a sudden death of a loved one. That would obviously cause one to feel anxiety and depression, whether the gene is in their DNA or not. For people who suffer from anxiety, they may seek care such as therapy to relieve the episodes. Even though one may naturally have anxiety, at least there can be some sorts of treatment/management to heal the person.

1 comment:

  1. This is a really interesting article! Mental health is usually seen to result from environmental impacts so to see it have a gene that can be linked to it is really interesting. I wonder if there are more mental illnesses that have a gene that influences them. This can potentially change the way that mental illness can be tracked in families or can change the way they are treated in the future.