Good Morning! Is That Hereditary?
By andria perry
October 21, 2017 11:05am CST
I stayed up a little late reading a novel, till 1 am, so I set the clock so not to sleep all day and I was up just after 9:30 this morning. Last night we went out to dinner and to walmart for hooks and Tony a face mask when he is with me and I am working in a dusty area, Anyways, we seen Tony`s kin folks (moms side) and talked to them for a while out in the parking lot. I listen when people talk, well at home I can space out the t.v. when I am writing or reading and Tony, but when just chatting people get my full attention. I often have wondered about some mental health problems, if they are learned, induced by chemical addiction (aka alcohol or drugs), Trauma or if it is actually inherited. When I was very young I wanted to be a doctor and treat people with mental illness, but I did not go that path, however that did not keep me from reading book after book after book on all the different types of mental conditions. I do think that some forms of mental illness is inherited and when you listen to people talk about who is suffering in their family you know. By listening just a short time last night I heard of three generations in one family that does have issues, not exact but almost. and one is not on medication at the moment and this persons actions. Not everyone in a family will inherit, a gene maybe?, but I am seeing how its passed down. Passed down like the alcoholic gene, my dad was an alcoholic and 3 of 4 of his children got that gene, I am the only one that did not. However, at an older age my father stopped drinking as well as my brother and one sister, one still drinks and she is in her late 50`s. I had doubted many times about some forms of mental illness being hereditary but when people open up and tell the truth, my doubts just might be wrong. I do not worry about going crazy or getting any type of illness, nowadays they make pills for sickness, unlike the past. Well Good morning! Deep thinking before work today. Have a wonderful day!
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• Pleasant Hill, California
It can be hard to tease apart the genetic from the environmental, because most people grow up in the same families that provided their genes. But there are twin studies, and adoption studies, out there. Mental illness DOES appear to have a genetic component. But environmental factors play a role as well.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
I have heard of environmental factors but most of the time people tend to only look for genetics. Our major problem is the refusal to acknowledge mental health issues and lack of support to those who have them especially in the workforce if they can work.
• Olney, Illinois
I wonder how much mental illness is actually passed through genes and how much is just 'learned behavior' from being in that environment? While I am sure the susceptibility to it may be passed on, some could be attributed to just being raised by 'crazy people'.
@andriaperry I believe that ours were actually hereditary but could have been as a result of sprays because we are all rural. Things have to start somewhere. My Dad had lupus, and it was terrible, a lot of his troubles stemmed from the use of those dangerous chemicals over the years.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
i don;t know if i believe in mental illness and heredity Only my one aunt was mentally ill. I ended up getting so much of it. It seems like it is just my aunt who has passed away a few years ago and me who have to suffer from mental illness and the rest of my family is as normal as can be if it is hereditary then why don't my other relatives get curse with mental illness?
• El Paso, Texas
I have heard it said that some forms of mental disorders can run in families but they say they can't prove it. It makes me wonder if there were any mental issues in either of my parents bloodlines .... uhhh, I know I izzz not krazy, honest, I izz not but I izz whacky.
• Riga, Latvia
Never thought about it much. I have added a link that might interest you. I looked it up because you got me thinking. I hope you have a great day. Here it is already 8 PM.
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