Anxiety and depression can be both learned or genetic behaviors.

In hereditary cases, these conditions are usually highlighted in younger family members. For instance, a kid below 20 can develop anxiety or depression due to being close with an older relative such as a sibling or parent with the condition. There is limited research on the specific genes that trigger these hereditary behaviors. Fraternal or identical teens can also develop these conditions due to certain genes passed from their parents. However, for these conditions to be hereditary, people must have a close connection genetically.

It’s also normal for people to have anxiety or depression even if there is no family history of such mental conditions. Learned anxiety and depression are influenced by the environment we live in, personal life experiences, and other lifestyle habits.

In the future, I would recommend more research to be based on the specific genes that influence the passage of anxiety and depression and the stressful conditions or environments that trigger them.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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