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Unread 01-03-2017, 01:19 PM   #11
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

My mom and dad suffered from depression their entire lives and 3 of their 4 kids have some variety of MI. I used to joke that the one without MI of the 6 of us was the white sheep of the family.
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Unread 01-06-2017, 11:42 PM   #12
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

they can also be caused by how you were raised. If you saw a lot of violence, if your parents were violent, etc.
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Unread 01-09-2017, 01:40 AM   #13
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Some people have disposition to certain illness, and the environment helps activate them. So, I think it's not accurate to say that mental illnesses are (only) genetic.
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I think it can be genetic and environmental
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

There's a theory called the "diathesis stress model" that says genetic predisposition and environmental stress are involved in the development of mental illnesses. If the combination of genes and stress exceed a threshold, then you developed issues. So this theory says you can have a clear genetic predisposition but if you have minimal stress (and stress can be a lot of things--traumatic events, physical illness, neglect, abuse etc), you won't develope MI. Or you can have a minor genetic predisposition but if you have a whopping dose of stress or repeated stressful events, you'll develop MI. But you have to have both.
Interesting theory generally supported by twin studies.
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I think mine was, to some degree, triggered. My grandmother has schizophrenia. My mother has lived with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. She was hospitalized for drug abuse and depression when I was younger. My father was hospitalized for anger issues and likely has some form of MI. My brother has BP 1. Still, my mood swings have been triggered by events and immense stress. I honestly think that if certain stressful events had not occurred, my MI probably wouldn't have come to fruition.
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