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Old 02-29-2004, 11:49 AM   #1
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Is it genetic?

I was wondering if anyone else has other family members or a family history of anxiety and panic.

For me, my mother had anxiety/panic, my brother has panic attacks, and my son also has anxiety and OCD traits.............also my mother remembered that her father never would go in to the store with them........he would stay in the car.........and I think he must have had some social anxiety or phobias as well...........

I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone else feels this is genetic and passed down from generation to's interesting though, that some get it and some don' daughter shows no sign of anxiety.......but my son does..........also some of my brothers have anxiety and some do not............

Anyone else? Thoughts?


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Old 02-29-2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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Re: Is it genetic?

I know it runs in my family, my Mom had panic disorder as did her Father.
I also have two cousins that have it, plus and Aunt with OCD.
My Doctor told me that it seems to run in families, but just because someone in your family has it doesn't mean you'll get it.
I'm the only one of my Mothers children that have it...LUCKY ME!!!
My kids show no signs of it thankfully.

Old 02-29-2004, 01:07 PM   #3
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alonf with me, my grandmother had it, so did one of her daughters and also the son of my sister

the son refused to make any effort to recover until I accused him of enjoying the panic attacks with their adrenalin rush, he eventually used meds and CBT and now seems over it

Old 02-29-2004, 04:38 PM   #4
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It runs on my Mom's side of the family, depression, anxiety/panic attacks. I was not the least bit surprised when I was diagnosed years ago. I just hope my daughter does not follow in my footsteps
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Old 02-29-2004, 06:07 PM   #5
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Re: Is it genetic?

From the research that I have done on this subject I have tracked it down to the family of "Turrets". I know, sounds stange. Turrets is like the grand daddy of it all. It all has to do with Serotonin and the way that the brain/body deals with it.

Grandmother on father's side: Depression/OCD/eating disorder/sleeping disorder

Father: Depression/OCD/sleeping disorder/control freak which tied in with the OCD

Mother: Depression/OCD/sleeping disorder/denial of life

Four brothers and sisters:

Sister: bi-polar/depression/borderline personality (psychotic)/eating disorder
addict (deceased)

her daughter: all of the same traits

Brother number one: Disabling Turrets/Depression/OCD/addict

two of his sons: depression/OCD and a stomach disorder that is life threatning caused by stress that is due to his misguided thinking that he is never good enough, self imposed.

Brother number two: depression/OCD/controlling (deceased)

three of his sons:same symptoms/addicts

Brother number three: depression to the point of suicide/OCD

Brother number four: depression/OCD/addict

myself: depression/OCD/addict/eating and sleeping disorder

two daughters: OCD/depression/one is an alcoholic (Her son was diagnosed as having OCD at a very early age when instead of playing with his Legos he sorted them by color and size and wouldn't let you mix them up.)
The other daughter is on anti-depressants. Her son shows no signs of any problems.

So, it appears to me, through looking through our family tree that the nuts don't fall far from the tree

Old 02-29-2004, 10:42 PM   #6
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Re: Is it genetic?

The strange thing with me is that I donít know anyone from our family that has or had this problem. My mum and dad donít seem to have any problems. The only thing that I can connect is that Iíve always been a scary person. I was always scared whenever I hurt myself or when I was ill. My grandmother was also a scary person, but we have no idea whether she experienced the same symptoms as me. I just now wish that my son will never experience any of these symptoms. Does anyone know the chances of my son experiencing panic attacks because of me??


Old 03-01-2004, 06:53 PM   #7
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Neither one of my parents have any problem with panic/anxiety/depression but two of my siblings are on anti-depressants, they dont have panic disorder like i do but they have the depression, my sister takes effexor and im not sure which one my brother is on. My other brother was at one point on something but doesnt need it anymore. I know a cousin of mine is on xanax for her panic disorder.

Old 03-01-2004, 08:24 PM   #8
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I was talking to my Dr. about this the other day. He seems to think anxiety/panic disorders are (in some cases) learned. My dad had severe panic attacks while I was growing up. I guess all those years of watching his anxious behaviors and panic attacks could be the root of my anxiety disorder. However, I do believe genetics plays some part in it. Hilery

Old 03-02-2004, 08:19 AM   #9
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Re: Is it genetic?

I think so. It's pretty strong in my family, and despite my best efforts NOT to pass this on, my 5 1/2 year old daughter is an "anxious" child. And she has had a very secure, loving upbringing. I think a lot of this is in our "wiring."

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