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Can social phobia be inherited?

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My father and brother have social phobia. Can I inherit this?
asked Aug 18, 2015 in Genetics / Family by anonymous

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Yes, social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder) can be inherited. Social phobia runs in families- so if your parents and siblings have it, you stand a good chance of also developing it. Certainly, it is not all about genes that lead to the development of social phobia. Indeed, there are environmental influences that are needed along with the genetic risk for the development of social phobia, such as adverse life events, parental psychopathology, and low income, just to name a few.
answered Aug 19, 2015 by drcarlo (291,610 points)
selected Sep 20, 2015 by drcarlo
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