It’s In My Genes, But There’s More
Mental illness runs in my family. My great grandparents, grandmother, many of my great aunts, uncles, mother, brother, cousins, nieces and nephews have all been touched by this dreaded illness. I have even passed it down to some of my children. So yes, I was destined to be diagnosed with some type of mental illness in my lifetime. There’s more to this, though. I began experiencing symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder at a very young age. Three months before my third birthday, my little brother passed away due to complications of a heart defect. My family was traumatized and I learned about death, heartache, and uncontrollable pain at a very young age.