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   Posted 8/31/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site and have suffered from anxiety since I was very young. Over the years I have managed it pretty well. I have been on medication (.10mg of lexipro) when it gets bad and that does help. My 17 year old son unfortunately inherited my genes and is now suffering with anxiety as well. It just breaks my heart, I know how he is feeling and can't take his pain away. He really struggles at school with the social aspect. He is so fearful at times. Has anyone else had a child suffering with GAD as well and what have you done to help your child through this.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Truthfully it runs in the females on my mother's side of the family. She remembers her grandmother so sick with fear she took to her bed and never got out. She says her mother had it but I don't remember getting that impression when I saw her. I wasn't around her a lot and if you met me you probably wouldn't think I had it either. My mom was always the super nervous type. I have been anxious as long as I can remember. My daughter is too. It breaks my heart too to see her suffer. She tries all kinds of meds and nothing works. My mom takes buspar and xannax but she's still anxious. Always has diarrhea because of it. Me & my daughter too. I tried some meds early on but I didn't find them to work. I have xannax but I only take it when I REALLY REALLY need it. I find it gives me a headache if I take it 2 days in a row.... I have just taught myself coping skills throughout my life and I try to pass them on to my daughter. Anxiety really stinks. Takes the joy right out of life.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had really bad GAD throughout puberty and my teen years. I can tell you that the best thing you can do is be supportive! My parents weren't understanding at all and acted like I was lieing about it. They still act this way many years later and it's ridiculous.

Just let him know that you know just how he feels and maybe try to seek out therapy for him and you.

My daughter is only 2 years old, but I thought I'd respond anyway. Not sure if she will ever have my panic disorder... but I pray that she won't.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, anxiety runs in my family too-my mom, sister and I have all battled it. My daughters also are showing signs of it. Nature/nurture...The good news is that you are aware of what is going on rather than starting out without a clue to what is happening! My oldest (adult) daughter is on meds. I am really encouraging her to go to therapy as a long term help. With my youngest (8) I am simply trying to help her with some cbt-which has competely changed my way of dealing with A/P. I figure if I can help her change her anxious thoughts early, this practice will help relieve many symptoms of anxiety later in her life. If you haven't already, consider some cbt. There are free on-line workshops that you can do @ your own pace. Good luck to you both!
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