Posted by Chaston on March 17, 2001, at 12:18:04
In reply to where does it come from?, posted by sar on March 16, 2001, at 23:09:28
I prefer simple, absolute explanations, but I think the answer is usually "both," unfortunately. Sometimes nature and nurture reinforce each other in a negative way--a vicious cycle of avoidance and anxiety, for example
We can't change our natures. Maybe the right environment, especially when we were young, could have prevented these problems from starting. I think they can wax and wane over time, though, depending on a number of things, including one's current environment. And there are meds that can help one break out the cycles, giving a person a chance to build a better environment.
> What do you think is the root of anxiety disorders, particularly social phobia? Is it nature or nuture or both? I know that there are general theories out there but I'd like to hear some opinions from people who actually have these problems.