It’s hard to say to be honest, but there are probably lots of factors involved.
Everyone gets anxious at times and anyone can go on to have ongoing anxiety issues if left untreated. Certain events can make us more anxious than others, and the triggers can be different for everyone. We may be more at risk if someone else in our family has suffered from anxiety, or if we experience several stressful events in our lives. Anxiety can often manifest in our teenage years.
Factors can include:
- past or childhood experiences
- your current life situation
- physical and mental health problems
- drugs and medication
Research shows that having a close relative with anxiety problems may increase someone’s chances of experiencing anxiety problems, but there is not enough conclusive evidence to show if this is the result of shared genetic factors that make us more vulnerable, or because of learnt behaviours and thinking from our parents and other family members as we grow up.
“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened”
Difficult experiences in childhood, adolescence or adulthood are a common trigger for anxiety problems. Going through stress and trauma is likely to have a particularly big impact if it happens when we're very young.