Anxious Parents Often Have Anxious Children, Study Shows | Deseret News

Recent research has shown an association between panic attacks in older women and heart disease and stroke. This study looked at 3,300 women, 10 percent of whom had panic attacks. These women had three times the risk of having a stroke or heart attack than women who didnt have panic attacks. Some research looking at the causes of panic attacks is focused on serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that helps send messages between brain cells and maintain mental balance. One such study is looking at serotonins role in the fight or flight response to life events. Panic: Why You May Be at Risk Factors that may play a role in panic disorder or make you more likely to develop it include: Your environment.
Source: Panic Attack Treatment in Women – EverydayHealth.com

Half the families received therapy through a “coping and promoting strength program,” and half received no therapy. One-third of the families who did not receive therapy had children who developed anxiety disorders after a year of observation, but no children developed anxiety in the families that received therapy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health , 8 percent of teenagers ages 13 through 18 have an anxiety disorder, and the symptoms usually manifest around age six. Anxiety can manifest in children for a variety of reasons, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and specific fear stimulants. However, “children of parents with anxiety disorders are two to seven times more likely to have an anxiety disorder compared with children from families in which neither parent has an anxiety disorder,” Ginsberg states in the report. In reporting on the study, NPR told the story of a young boy, Noah, who feared school because he was afraid of throwing up. He could only stay at school the entire day if he was allowed to call home as often as he needed. His mother, Heather Cummings, experienced similar anxiety when she was young.
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