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It's an interesting thought, but having come clean about my issues a week or so ago with my 18 year old son, he tells me that he too has some problems - not to the same extent, he will use a cubicle in public toilets & can't go in houses when people are just outside the toilet talking etc. Is there any mileage in considering that there may be some inherited genetic predisposition to this type of anxiety response, which is then "learnt" through childhood? It does make me feel somewhat guilty that I may have passed on my issues to my children. On the plus side at least I can point him in the right direction to overcome the problem, without having to suffer for over 30 years like I have done.