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Does generalized anxiety disorder run in families?

Genetics may affect the development of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Research has indicated that the role genetics play in developing GAD is small, but it does exist. If GAD has affected several members of your family, you may consider taking preemptive steps to reduce stress and manage anxiety in your life.

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Are women or men more often affected by generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
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Women are twice as likely to be affected as men by generalized anxiety disorder. The same is true of...
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Who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
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Generalized anxiety disorder occurs worldwide, in people of every race, religion, and sex, though wo...
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What environmental factors contribute to generalized anxiety disorder?
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Research into environmental factors suggests that traumatic events in early life can make a person v...
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What role do genetics play in generalized anxiety disorder?
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