Not surprising since there is some evidence that eating disorders may be socially acquired. It is therefore not a stretch to imagine that other forms of psychological trauma can be based around the family unit.
Anxiety is ‘contagious’ and can be passed from parents to children and the other way, a new study finds. The ‘catching’ nature of anxious thoughts and behaviours exists over and above the effects of genetics. That’s the conclusion of a new study of twins conducted by researchers in the UK.
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