Behavioral Inhibition as a Possible Etiology of the Anxiety Disorders
Behavioral Inhibition is a syndrome that is characterized by shyness, and withdrawal from an unfamiliar person or situation. It has behavioral and physiological components that can be identified in 21 month old children and remain fairly stable until 7 1/2 years of age. Many of the characteristics inhibited children display resemble those of anxiety. Current research suggests a possible relationship between behavioral inhibition and anxiety disorders. Although there is evidence to support this, the nature of this relationship has not been determined.