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Adolescent Anxiety and Biological Factors

Can you describe the current state of knowledge on the below mentioned topic, using references no older than 8 yrs. Most of the references used should be refereed journal articles. If you use websites, please make sure they are reputable, credible, professional with references. I need about an one page response (no longer/ no less) that should get me started. Thank you!


1. What do we know about the biological factors (contributors & outcomes) of anxiety disorders in adolescents? Specifically, what are the developmental and environmental factors in nature that contribute to Anxiety Disorders in adolescents. Also consider the biological outcomes of anxiety disorders in adolescents.

2. What are the scientific bases/foundations/roots of this particular topic?

3. What kinds of studies have typically explored this issue and have enhanced our understanding of the topic? Where possible, please critique the studies. Feel free to apply readings/knowledge you've learned where possible. Please provide references.

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Let's take a closer look at information from various sources, which you can consider for your 1-page report. I also attached an excellent resource, a sample APA paper as a reference for your final copy.


Anxiety disorders are prevalent in childhood and adolescence and a potentially disabling (Isper, Stein, Haukridge & Hoppe, 2009). According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (2005, 2009), there are known biological causes and effects of anxiety disorders, including genetics, brain chemistry, brain activity and substance use issues. The biological theory supports the view that anxiety disorders are caused by chemical imbalances and/or genetic factors (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2005, 2009).

In terms of Genetic Factors, for example, research shows that genetic factors play a role in the development of anxiety disorders i.e. people are more likely to have an anxiety disorder if they have a relative who also has an anxiety disorder. In fact, this relationship is "highest in families of people with panic disorder, where almost half have at least one relative who also has the disorder" (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2005, 2009).

Furthermore, research has found a relationship between anxiety and problems with the regulation of several neurotransmitters, which are the brain's chemical messengers that transmit signals between brain cells. In fact, the major neurotransmitters linked to anxiety disorders include serotonin, norepinephrine and ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution discusses aspects of adolescent anxiety. References provided.