I'm no doctor/psychiatrist but I have an aunt, 2 cousins, and a (bio) father who all have mental issues and/or depression (on the same side of the family). I'm convinced it runs in families both because of genetics and because behaviors that lead to or promote depression also run in families (such as child abuse, substance abuse, etc). Just my humble opinion.
So sorry about your sister :(
AURORA, I am very saddend by your sis's death.
As far as I know depression does run in families. It certainly runs in my family,& we really dont know why. We didnt come from a family of abusers.
Not that i can recall, non on either side of my family. My husband & his side of the family dont have any depression in thiers.
My sis attempted suicide yrs ago. & in 1998 so did I, i am still here obviously, it wasnt a real attempt.
I dont think people that attempt suicide & live arent really trying to kill themselves I think its a major cry for help.
Its like anything yu say your going to do. Yu either do it or dont do it. Yu dont attempt shopping, or going to the library or making a docs appt. Yu either do it or yu dont.
I wish & pray for your family to have many happy times to remember. I have a great poem, though I lost it at this momment.
I will find for you as soon as my sick migraine goes away.
Blessings to all of yous,
Many thanks to all who anwered my post. It really means lot to me. I will do my best to keep supporting my son and help him progress to healing. I went to my depression support group tonight and that did help. People did have some good suggestions. I am amazed though at some of the terrible problems others have. I am grateful for my ability to go on and have some happy times. It reminds me of the fable of the man walking along the beach with God and seeing 2 sets of footprints in the sand. One day the man only saw one set of prints and thought that God had forsaken him. He was having a particularly hard time. God responded " I did not abandon you - when you only saw one set of prints, those were the times I carried you." This has always stuck in my mind and is a helpful thing to remember. I think having faith in whatever one believes in is good.
I agree with the others as I have family members that have depression.
I also know that bipolar can run in families. I have seen it so as far as any proof, it is through personal observation.
When I was young and would go to visit my maternal grandmother, she would often be in bed in the middle of the day and would not see me. Her husband explained it as her "nerves" back then...................I would bet on depression.
I totally agree with everyone here...mental health issues do and can run down the family line. Both of my parents have depression and there have been other mental health issues further back in my family.
What I did want to input here was that since your son confided in you regarding this perhaps you can share your experience with depression to him. Often times when someone starts seeing a therapist and is told they have depression it is very confusing. Not knowing what to expect, or feeling like they are crazy or something. Which as we all know is not the case at all. Leaving it up to his therapist to deal with is exactly what many families have done for many years and why so many people are not correctly educated on this disorder. You can be a huge sense of support for him and you never know but it may be for you also.
Something interesting....Researchers have been able to isolate the gene(s) that cause depression at least for most people. They have specific blood work that can be done to determine if someone has this gene and also what medications may be of help to them. I will look for the link I have on this but I believe it is the Mayo Clinic who does this.
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Yes, that sounds like a great idea...letting him come to you.
My mom divorced my dad when I was 3 so I dont have any memories of him from when I was a child. In my case I have always looked and regarded my mother as both mom and dad. It is funny how we dont miss something/someone that we never knew was there to start with. I hope your son feels the same way about you...it sounds like your a wonderful mother and friend to him.