On Sunday’s episode of Sister Wives, Robyn and Kody Brown sat their children down to break the news that once again they were being forced to move into another home.
However, when the couple’s 17-year-old daughter Aurora was shown having a panic attack later in the episode, it became clear that the family’s frequent uprooting had finally become too much for the teenager. Some ‘Sister Wives’ fans were outraged about the family’s decision to keep the cameras rolling, but Robyn took to Twitter their decision to air the footage.
During the episode, viewers watched as Aurora began twitching and showing other physical signs of a panic attack before being comforted by her mom and ultimately carried to her room by her dad.
Following the emotional scene, Aurora became emotional while explaining in her confessional what she goes through when having a panic attack.
“It’s like, difficult to think and process things cause it feels like my thoughts are simultaneously going a million miles an hour and nowhere at all,” she said. “These panic attacks happen probably four to five times a week. Some of them, I have noticed, are triggered by certain things like when I’m really, really upset or really emotionally or physically exhausted or when I have a high stress situation.
“My shoulders and torso will start to shake and I’ll start to have tremors and stuff,” she continued. “By the time I’m in the middle of one, I’m like hyperventilating and I can’t talk and I can’t walk and I can’t do hardly anything for myself. I still struggle to convince myself that I’m not the one causing it. I’m not the one instigating it and knowing it’s not my fault. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just hard.”
Robyn and Kody’s decision to allow such a vulnerable moment for their daughter to be aired was criticized by on social media following Sunday’s episode; however, Robyn defended the scene, claiming that it was actually Aurora’s decision to air the panic attack.
“Aurora was given the choice whether to let her panic attack be included on the show,” Robyn tweeted. “She just wanted to be able to talk about what it is like to have a panic attack too. She wants to bring awareness so people are more sensitive and supportive to those who have them.”
Aurora was given the choice whether to let her panic attack be included on the show. She just wanted to be able to talk about what it is like to have a panic attack too. She wants to bring awareness so people are more sensitive and supportive to those who have them.
— Robyn Brown (@LuvgvsUwngs) March 9, 2020
Robyn also noted that Aurora’s “real panic attacks” began when the family was told they would have to move again — that, along with the stress of everything she had going on with it being her junior year of high school.
“It was super hard to see her struggle,” Robyn said.
Robyn went on to say that Aurora “has seen doctors to help her” and that she has also had the family supporting her through everything. Even through what Robyn called a “very stressful hard time,” Robyn shared some good news with fans, that Aurora is “still doing very well in school.”
“She is my over-achiever and expects a lot of herself,” she said.
Kody also addressed the panic attacks on Twitter.
“I may be wrong here when I say ‘we didn’t do this to her,’ in reference to Aurora’s ‘panic attack.’ She got overwhelmed when [Robyn] and I argued about our housing situation and the stress of yet another sudden move. #SisterWives,” he tweeted.
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(Photos: TLC; Twitter)