Wondering about my sister

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Registered: 05-09-2010
Wondering about my sister
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Sun, 06-30-2013 - 9:33am

My sister (who I just in recent times have been trying to form a better relationship with) was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. I have spent years dealing with anger, anxiety and depression which I have blamed on sexual abuse in my childhood. I am wondering now if she too wasn't a victim of this relative. I can't just come out and ask her because it isn't something I can talk to people about and especially with family since this person was a very close relative. So, do you think she too could be a victim or are is it just that we both inherited mental illness.

Nancy
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Registered: 06-02-2008
Sun, 06-30-2013 - 11:33pm

It must be a difficult situation to be in.   There is a certain genetic component that can play a role in mental illness but environment can also impact things.  Only your sister would know for certain.

At least hopefully if she is getting treatment for her bipolar disorder maybe if something has gone with any type of abuse she might have talked to a therapist about it.