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Unread 12-22-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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Looking back on myself, my mother and her sisters, and her mother before her, we've all had some varying degree of mental illness. So, I guess mental illness is something that can be hereditary or genetic. I've seen news reports where they've discovered certain genes and gene mutations that are linked to mental illness, so it wouldn't be far fetched to think whatever plagued my grandmother was passed on to my mother and her sisters, and then on down to me.

I'm beginning to see how deep the rabbit hole does indeed go now.
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You bet it is. I am sure my mom was bipolar too and her eccentric brother I am convinced was schyzophrenic. There is talk of their father, my grandfather, that suggests to me significant mental illness - made all the worse by obvious wartime PTSD.

In my generation I have two cousins with mood disorders. One's son is schyzophrenic and the other's son has GAD so bad he can't go to school.

I worry about my own children. My daughter is exhibiting some signs I recognize all too well as bipoar and my son himself admits he suffers terribly from Anxiety and OCD.

Hereditary? Heck yeah!
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

Couldn't agree more. My family is all sorts of screwed up with everybody in my immediate family having either bipolar, schyzophrenia, drug or alcohol addiction issues, and/or personality disorders of some kind.

Hell, one of my great relatives was a hitman even so that tells you just how screwed up my family is.

I'm just grateful I'm not schyzophrenic myself.
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

I believe this too, although I was the first one to be diagnosed. I am pretty sure my grandmother had it, my father is angry controlling and a drunk and my mother is manic and emotional and had an episode when she was in the hospital herself (for something else).

It definitely runs in the family.
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Looking back on myself, my mother and her sisters, and her mother before her, we've all had some varying degree of mental illness. So, I guess mental illness is something that can be hereditary or genetic.
I'd like to throw some cold water on this idea. First of all, your grandmother's behavior can well have influenced your mother, and she influenced you. So I don't see how anyone can say it is all genetic.

I think the "biopsychosocial" model is most likely correct: there are influences from all of these: one's biological (hereditary) makeup, plus psychological influences from one's family experiences as a child, plus the effects of society -- those cannot be insignificant. People are naturally variable in their vulnerability to outside influences, so whether one becomes "mentally ill" is not due only to one factor.
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

About 75% of my relatives have some form of un-triggered MI, so yes it is probably genetic in my case. But I don't think it is so in every case. It depends on the type of MI, honestly.
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Default Re: MI can be hereditary or genetic.

There is some MI's that are passed on like bipolar or schizophrenia & some types of depression.

HOWEVER, these same MI's can be induced by illegal drugs, or situational experiences. My anxiety was TOTALLY SITUATIONAL. When I got out of the situation, that depression, anxiety & suicide attempts ended completely & so did the anorexia I was struggling with.

Pachy is right....there is also a bio psychosocial model that explains a lot of what can be causes also.

The reasoning is not simple or straight forward & can't be given a simple explanation as to where MI comes from in a person
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I think it's a known fact that many mental illnesses are genetic and some are partially genetic etc
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it hit 1 in a generation in my family. my dad, me, 1 of my daughters, sure is a pattern
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I'd like to throw some cold water on this idea. First of all, your grandmother's behavior can well have influenced your mother, and she influenced you. So I don't see how anyone can say it is all genetic.

I think the "biopsychosocial" model is most likely correct: there are influences from all of these: one's biological (hereditary) makeup, plus psychological influences from one's family experiences as a child, plus the effects of society -- those cannot be insignificant. People are naturally variable in their vulnerability to outside influences, so whether one becomes "mentally ill" is not due only to one factor.
I think you might have something there with how predisposition and psychological influence might go hand in hand.
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