“As many as 65 percent of children of parents with anxiety disorders meet criteria for an anxiety disorder,” wrote Golda Ginsberg, a researcher for John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a report about childhood anxiety . The study followed 40 families that all had at least one parent with an anxiety disorder and no children who exhibited symptoms. 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.
Source: Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows | Deseret News
Your heart is racing. Your chest is pounding. You cant catch your breath. You feel lightheaded. You feel faint. You think you might die right there on the spot. Now imagine feeling this very same terror when theres no creature in your path. What would your experience be?
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