Is GAD heritable?

My sister (25 y/o) just got clinically diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Does this mean that I might suffer from that in the future too?

Hello! I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s diagnosis. It is true that GAD is 6 times more common among first degree relatives, but there are still other factors at play too:

  1. Early experiences: such as insecure attachment to your caregiver from childhood, child abuse
  2. Social causes: stressful events
  3. Medical illnesses: such as hyperthyroidism, hypoglycaemia, phaeochromocytoma etc.

If you feel that you may have some signs of anxiety, I would recommend that you do a self check-in found in

Another thing! Some of the physical effects of anxiety (should you wish to find out) include:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Increased muscle tension
  3. Rapid breathing
  4. Heart palpitations
  5. Increased blood pressure