We each have many qualities that help make us unique. Some qualities are passed along by genes and can be considered “Just Me”. Physical characteristics like eye color, curly hair, dimples, color-blind and freckles are just a few.
When we think of things like mood, temperament and challenges with anxiety it isn’t so clear cut. Researchers have found that these personality qualities are most likely caused by a complex mix of genes PLUS factors like life stresses, environment, life experiences, parenting, family experience, and health.
So your genetic make-up can put you at risk for developing anxiety but does not determine it.
That’s great news! Your miserable feelings of constant worry and anxiety are not something you have to put up with for the rest of your life!