Anxiety problems can be passed on genetically.

If someone in your immediate or extended family, like your mom, dad, grandma, or uncle, has had problems with anxiety, then you might be more likely to develop an anxiety problem. Your best friend may not have had family members with anxiety problems.

“Aunt Matilda worries a lot.” 

“Cousin Boris is afraid to touch things and washes his hands a lot.”

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