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   Posted 10/21/2006 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, one of the 1st questions she asked me was who else in your family is anxious? I guess trying to get the genetic part of all this. I guess I would consider that to be my dad. I consider him very high strung, although if I asked him if he had anxiety he would say no. My parents got divorced when I was 2, but my mom told me that when they would sometimes drive on the freeway that my dad would have to pull over and get out of the car because he would hypervenalate and stuff, now he wont drive on the freeway at all, he just doesnt like it. He doesnt like to drive far either, its like it out of his comfort zone or something. But I dont think he has ever been diagnosed with anxiety, would you all consider that anxiety and think that I geneticly got it from him????

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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Your dad sounds like he has anxiety for sure. I think it's harder for men to come to terms with it then women. They think it's a sign of weekness or something. It could be partially genetic and/or you could have things going on in your life that are causing your anxiety.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a pretty common symptom among many of us on here. I have had to work on overcoming my fear of driving, and lots of people on here have talked about it too. Avoidance of the fear just makes it worse... or at least that's what my books say. I have found it to be true as well. My mother was very anxious, quit driving completely in her 50's and was undiagnosed, but I believe she suffered from agoraphobia. My therapist tells me that I am predisposed to it, but I continue working on it. If I let myself, I could easily fall into that pattern of hiding in the house again. I think it's something you have to make yourself work on. Good luck with the breathing techniques. (((Hugs))),

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   Posted 10/21/2006 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
My opinion is that anxiety can be hereditary. That doesn't mean that all people with parents that have anxiety will become anxious. It also doesn't mean that if your parents are anxiety free that you will never get panic attacks. My mom suffers from depression and anxiety. I have anxiety and panic attacks, yet my sister does not. Maybe you grow up seeing the way your parents cope with stress, anxiety and depression so it's what you learn. It's just my two cents.
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   Posted 10/21/2006 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe it can also be hereditary and I agree with JKR's G..........
Mom had A/P so did my grama but the other women in the family dont
My daughter is showing some signs of A/P especially in crowded stores and when worried about my health
I am working on that with her now: today was way better when we went out and then I had to go and have my infusion of meds at hospital she seemed more calm but Dad was with us as well so........
Take care
BTW angela if you dont mind answering I was wondering how old you are and how long you have dealt with A/P
You dont have to answer if not comfortable with question
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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hey lyn, I am 22 and I know I have had anxiety for a long time, but for some reason it hasnt really bothered me until now. I guess I didnt realize it was anxiety until recently, but I can remember as a child being scared about everything about my health major hypochondriac!!! Now when I think of some of the things I used to think as a child, it kinda makes sense. I had an episode when I was 12 waking up in the middle of the night hypervenalating, and my mom took me to the ER, of course I ended up fine, small panic attack I guess. I dont know I have always had those scary "what if that happens to me" kind of thoughts. I actually had problems in high school, like my senior year I was always wanting to leave school all the time, but I have no idea why???? Of course not alot of people like school, but that wasnt the reason, I just think I felt sick or something, but I wasnt, i dont know really hard to explain.

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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that it is passed on genetically, most definately. My Dad has anxiety, my aunt on his side is bipolar, my grandma, his mom, has anxiety, my great-grandma, his grandma, had anxiety, I have anxiety, my grandpa on my mom's side had anxiety and was a huge worrywart. I think it runs in families the same way things like arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia etc. do. It's kinda sad but true, you get the bad along with the good. It would be nifty if they could just pick the good things out and pass them on wouldn't it? LOL!
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