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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers -- in collaboration with scientists at the University of California at San Diego and Yale University -- have discovered perhaps the strongest evidence yet linking variation in a particular gene with anxiety-related traits. In the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, the team describes finding that particular versions of a gene that affect the activity of important neurotransmitter receptors were more common in both children and adults assessed as being inhibited or introverted and also were associated with increased activity of brain regions involved in emotional processing.

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Everyone feels a little anxiety at some times in their life.


If they didn't they wouldn't be human. It's a natural reaction to circumstances, and a reaction that can often produce a favorable response. Anxiety helps us respond to a dangerous situations appropriately. And it can help us do our jobs better in pressure situations. But there's a limit. Some people feel anxiety for no apparent reason. It ruins their life, and causes them to stay indoors or out of social situations. It can lead to feeling like you are having a heart attack. It is in these situations that anxiety becomes a disorder. It's important to look for the signs of anxiety to understand whether or not your feelings are normal or something worse.

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Do you fret about everything around the clock? There is help you can get.

By Kathleen Doheny
Posted 2/24/08

SUNDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Almost everyone worries about something -- credit card debt, car repair bills, an upcoming work review, whether your child will get into a good college. A little worry is natural and normal.

But when you become a 24/7 fret machine, that's not normal. You may have what doctors call generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD -- a condition marked by worry about most aspects of life that you feel you can't control. It can leave you feeling physically exhausted and emotionally drained, and also frustrate loved ones who must listen to you verbalize all that anxiety.

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January 21, 2008 11:06 AM EST

        Recently I had coffee with a friend who is worried about her 86-year-old mother, who lives in the Midwest. "Lately it seems like she's worried about everything," my friend told me. "She never used to be this way. Do you think she has an anxiety disorder?"

It's possible. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders among older adults. Approximately 11% of people ages 55 and over suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Although most anxiety disorders start in early adulthood, they tend to last well into the later years. In addition to enduring anxiety disorders from their youth, older adults become increasingly susceptible to anxiety caused by illness or a medication. That's because both illness and the need for medication become more common with age.

Yet anxiety in older adults has received relatively little scientific attention. Most of what's known comes from studies of young and middle-aged adults, but the findings on anxiety medications don't all hold true for older people. Age-related changes in the absorption and metabolism of drugs tend to make drugs linger longer in the body, increasing the risk for harmful effects even at doses considered safe for younger people. In addition, older adults are more likely to be taking multiple medications for a variety of conditions, some of which may interact with anxiety medications.

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Selective Mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder with a persistent FAILURE (not refusal) TO SPEAK in select social settings.

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Selective Mutism is a psychiatric disorder most commonly found in children, characterized by a persistent failure to speak in select settings, which continues for more than 1 month. These children understand spoken language and have the ability to speak normally. In typical cases, they speak to their parents and a few selected others. Sometimes, they do not speak to certain individuals in the home. Most are unable to speak in school, and in other major social situations. Generally, most function normally in other ways, although some may have additional disabilities. Most learn age-appropriate skills and academics. Currently, Selective Mutism, through published studies, appears to be related to severe anxiety, shyness and social anxiety. Selective Mutism may be associated to a variety of things, but the exact cause is yet unknown.

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