15 May 2011
Written by LSZ
I look back and wonder if mental illness is somehow contagious? I know the answer is no way, but you have to wonder sometimes especially when it hits your mother, your sister and yourself.
My mother had to go on anti depressants late in life, also pills for panic attacks. It wasn’t until she retired did she show signs. She had worked all her life, and retirement meant being at home alone, she wanted to try if for a year before my Dad retired. I don’t think she was comfortable being by herself all day. She slowly started to worry about everything, she slowly started to lose interest in her hobbies of knitting and sewing, she slowly lost interest in doing a lot of things that were her normal everyday existence.
I was at home visiting when Mom had her first big panic attack, scared everyone, you almost think they are having a heart attack. Off to emergency we went; I drove, Dad helped Mom calm down. That was the beginning of months of Dr. appointments and trying different prescriptions.