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Scientists Find That Anxiety Can Be Genetic

Scientists Find That Anxiety Can Be Genetic

Often times, we tell people experiencing anxiety to just “get over it” and move on with their lives. We do this because we believe that they are purposefully concentrating on their worries.

New research out of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, however, suggests otherwise. Indeed, scientists there have found that anxiety (as well as it’s close cousin depression) can actually be inherited from your parents.

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In other words, anxiety is genetically driven. Some folks can’t turn it off, even when they want to.

What They Did

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison came to this conclusion by analyzing the behavior of monkeys. Essentially, they placed them in anxiety-ridden situations, and then scanned their brains and analyzed the areas governing moods.

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What they found was that monkeys who reacted to anxiety poorly were, more often than not, the offspring of other anxious monkeys. Indeed, they calculated that up to 30% of the anxiety felt by these monkeys could be directly attributed to genes acquired from their parents.

Conclusions

While this test was done on monkeys and not humans, researchers say that they provide a decent analogue since they react similarly to stress.

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It’s important to understand that while their findings suggest that you can be genetically predisposed to anxiety, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have an anxiety disorder if your parents or other relatives have one.

Knowing that anxiety is genetically driven and not something entirely affected by your environment is important, especially since 25% of those who suffer from anxiety feel that their issues aren’t taken seriously by others. With these findings they can prove just how serious their conditions are, and in turn, get more of the support and help that they need. And that is a big step forward.

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Featured photo credit: Alessandra/panic anxiety 031 via flic.kr

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Published on May 28, 2021

10 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes Creatively

10 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes Creatively

Perhaps one of the hardest things a 4-year-old kid can learn is to tie his shoes. On the contrary, for adults like us, it’s the simplest and probably the most boring activity we can think of. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to register for a seminar on how to lace shoes, right!

It’s obvious, you don’t even need to use your brain when tying shoelaces. Look back up, I said most b-o-r-i-n-g a while ago when I mentioned lacing shoes up. But I will take that back. Why? Because when I saw the post from Diply featuring videos of lacing up shoes artistically, I realize how intricate, complicated, and creative it is to lace up shoes. That is if you do it like the way we do it on the featured videos.

1. Lattice

2. Hidden Knot

3. Ladder

4. Display

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5. Loop Back

6. Checkerboard

7. Double Back

8. Zipper

9. Sawtooth

10. Riding Bow

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