We know that anxiety runs in families. So, we know that many of the anxious adults that we see in mental health services will have children who also go on to be anxious.
Although some of this transmission is genetic, much of it now appears to be environmental. We are starting to unpick some of these environmental influences, and think that there may be things that we can do to reduce the risk that these children are exposed to.
A new study, led by Anxiety UK clinical advisor Dr Sam Cartwright-Hatton, and funded by the National Institute of Health Research, has two key aims. The first is to investigate how parents’ actions might transmit anxiety to their child. The second is to develop and to begin to test a new intervention aimed at such parents.
The project is testing a new workshop for parents who have anxiety disorders, and we are looking for parents in the Greater Manchester area to come and help us out at a workshop scheduled for 27th Sept 2013, 10-2.30pm.
If you are interested and would like to know more contact Humera Hussain on 07436546668, or e-mail Humera.Hussain@mhsc.nhs.uk