Posted by Ted on March 19, 2001, at 12:54:51
In reply to where does it come from?, posted by sar on March 16, 2001, at 23:09:28
I will add a little to what Tina has said. I believe it is both nature & nuture, and in my wife's and my families, I have noticed an interesting correlation: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because of an OCD parent constantly pushing an OCD child, the child becomes social phobic and painfully shy because he/she is afraid of either embarrasing themselves or not living up to their parents' expectations. The child in turn becomes perfectionist, and the cycle repeats again in the next generation. Panic attacks come when the child feels the expectations cannot be met and, quite literally, panics from the stress of letting down his/her parents.
How to break the cycle? Recognise it for what it is, and make an effort to change. It will definitely be difficult, but it is important that the cycle is eventually broken.
> What do you think is the root of anxiety disorders, particularly social phobia? Is it nature or nuture or both?