Could anxiety be an inherited thing? The answer just may be yes.
According to a recent study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and reported in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), “children can inherit an extremely anxious temperament, which is a prominent risk factor for the later development of anxiety, depression, and comorbid substance abuse.”
The study, led by Dr. Ned Kalin, followed almost 600 multigenerational rhesus monkeys. The findings were quite interesting.
The monkeys were put in anxiety-provoking situations to see just what the outcome would be. Brain imaging was conducted. It was found that the younger monkeys were much more likely to be anxious if their parents were.
In short, you just might pick up the traits of your parents-anxiety included.
You can check out the findings of this study here.