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I had my first anxiety attack about 2 years after I got married. I was at work, and I thought I had a heart attack. I couldn’t breathe and started hyperventilating. At the time I didn’t know I had custody of my nephew. He was doing badly in school – I got a call from the school, and I guess it was just overwhelming and that’s what triggered it.
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Now here I am – 9 years later with severe depression. I go weeks at a time without getting out of bed, without talking to anybody and I feel so guilty because I don’t even speak to my son. In one of my depression states, I thank God for my son. If it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here right now.
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Unfortunately, he has depression also, and I blame myself constantly for it. I feel like I passed it on to him. I just wish people would get more education about depression and how to deal with depressed people because I don’t have many people I can talk to you. Believe me, depression is a very serious thing, and we need to have more education on it.