The power of Genetics...Wow...

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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Just wanted to share, I talked to my little brother last night (I say little, he is 25) and poor guy, HE is having panic attacks!  I am just amazed as to how this has gone down the line in my family in almost text book fashion.
My mother ( not to re-hash) is agoraphobic, has never driven a car or held a job for very long, also occasionally depressed, she was suicidal and an alcoholic whan I was a child.  My older Brother has Major Depression and violent mood swings, I, so they say have GAD, PD AND PTSD (sigh) and now the youngest has panic!  I am just amazed...he has never been able to drive either, maybe this is why.  Good Lord I think my family should be part of a study!!!
Thanks for Listening as always, I hope you all are well and finding your own way to cope.  Its a beautiful weekend here in the Northeast US, after a very cold spring! :)

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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

I agree with you as I remember going to visit my maternal grandmother who I never saw very often and I would be told " she can't have company today, it is her nerves". I was about 8-10 years old during those days and as a Kid I wondered what that meant but I know today what it meant.  My oldest sister was refer to as the drama queen.  How sad the labels we get as people don't know what is going on with us.

Great topic and I so agree.


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   Posted 4/19/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Badgenetics,
I too agree with you about things like this running in the family.  My father, my sister, and myself have all battled depression and suicidal thoughts for many years.  As far as I know, I am the only one of the 3 of us who suffers from panic attacks, anxiety, and agoraphobia.  It's a very hard thing to go through and Kitt isn't kidding when she says it's sad about the labels we receive because people don't understand these issues.
Please make sure to keep coming here to post as we will help each other through these issues as much as we can.  I find that it's sometimes easier to come here to vent or talk about what's going on that it is to talk to my family or friends.
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   Posted 4/20/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes It does seem to run in families. My grandmother never drove and hated to be alone and would keep my mom home from school at times so she could answer the door or phone if someone should ring. Also My sis has never drove a car and is at time almost home bound with panic attacks, My brother has OCD very very badly with very bad mood swings, you almost always walk on eggshells around him.

I have Gad/Panic but thank goodness my hubby has nothing of the sorts cuz he is my rock! He use to get upset and angry when I would have my "attacks" but after I saw a doc he began to relize this is real. Since then he has always been there to hold my hand or lend a shoulder to cry on.

But I am so glad to have this group with other who truly understand!
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I have never posted in this forum, I have fibromyalgia and at first was thought to have lupus.

I decided to check this out. I have been on numerous anti-depressants over the years, Paxil, Wellbrutrin, Lexapro and now I am on Effexor.

I just went to see my psychiatrist and she thinks I have been depressed and have had anxiety attacks for a long time, but since my older sister was schizophrenic, it was never addressed and compared to her being in and out of institutions, my issues seemed minor. Let me say this, I loved my sister and she was my everything and only sibling, she was 8 years older than me, read to me, sang to me and when she wasn’t ill, was the most loving and kind person you could ever meet. She passed away 6 years ago and I still miss her constantly.

I know my sister’s behavior effected me, as I believe I have "learned fears" from her. She was terrified of lizards and from her I learned to be terrified too, which sadly I have handed down this fear to my daughter and grand daughter.

I was terrified of dead people, you name it. Some of these phobias I still have, and I am constantly worried about things that may never happen.

I am happily married, have one daughter, two teenaged grandchildren and I work full time in a law office.

It’s nice to share and not be judged.

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   Posted 4/21/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My GMA Mm and I both have/ had anxiety and panic ( GMA and Mom are gone now )
My teen daughter is now on meds for the same..
I truly believe it has been passed down
Just my opinion

Never any judgement here......

Glad you popped over from the other forum.......LYN
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   Posted 4/21/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My father had anxiety attacks when he was in his mid 30s, which I just found out recently. He learned to handle this problem through recognizing the oncoming symptoms and practicing breathing techniques. I took him years though. I only discovered that he had this problem after my wife suffered several extreme panic episodes. I thought it was all in her mind until he told me about his battles. He is a very strong man who has always held executive level jobs. I didn't know what to think at that point. Now I am faced with my 13 year old daughter who just had her first panic attack which was so bad that she could not go to school for several days until we got her some medicine to help her cope with the feelings of impending death. I am trying to help her through this with therapists, doctors and information I can gather on line. Sometimes all I can do is BE THERE and hold her so she knows everything is alright. I feel so bad for her. She is so wonderful and I pray this does not become cripling to her future life. Genetics are a funny thing. I wish I had some amazing insight of magical breathing excercise to make the fear go away. I will keep you in mind as I go on my path of gathering knowledge and trying to help my little girl too! Feel well and know there are people that care. You will be in our prayers !

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   Posted 4/22/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   


What a loving father you are.  Your daughter will be helped much by just this :)  I noticed you had said in another thread that you have her on Prozac?  These meds are supposed to take a while to work, did the Dr. give her anything in the meantime to help immediatly?  Like a benzo?  (IE- Xanax, Klonopin, Valium etc?)  these also help with any side effects she may be having.

Hoping you and her are well!




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