Good Morning! Is That Hereditary?

@andriaperry (33282)
Anniston, Alabama
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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@TheHorse (52932)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Oct
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
21 Oct
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.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct
I really do not want to get sucked back into this, I moved to get away from the mentally ill, I am like a magnet, they are drawn to me. This just brought back all those thought.
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@TheHorse (52932)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Oct
@chunchunwadaddy The support is there, but people have to take advantage of it.
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@Kandae11 (27188)
21 Oct
Some forms of mental illness would be hereditary yes - but as you point out some conditions can be treated with pills - unlike in the past.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
And most can lead a normal life and even have career.
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@TheHorse (52932)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Oct
@andriaperry Exactly. Talk therapy is hard to get, because most insurers allow you something like 12 visits, at inconsistent times, and that's just not very effective.
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@TheHorse (52932)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Oct
@LoriAMoore Does the medication (I assume an SSRI like Celexa is onvolved) "take the edge off"?
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@JolietJake (41485)
21 Oct
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'.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
I have seen this and that is why I question that some are not really mental ill but its a learned behavior.
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@UncleJoe (8609)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
22 Oct
It might be hereditary. Everybody in my family is crazy except me. I'm only insane.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct
LOL. Your are their leader.
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@UncleJoe (8609)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
22 Oct
@andriaperry Not me! I'm perfectly normal sometimes.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct
@Juliaacv (23300)
• Canada
21 Oct
I know that brain cancer runs in our family, I guess that isn't very common, but I got that gene. Our son got the early hair-loss gene that my brothers all got-not me, I've got lots of hair.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
My cousin had a brain tumor and when it was removed he has issues. Brain turmors are common in Anniston because of Monsanto.
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@Juliaacv (23300)
• Canada
22 Oct
@andriaperry I lived in a farming community and so did the 2 others in my family that suffered from them.
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@Juliaacv (23300)
• Canada
22 Oct
@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.
@Corbin5 (81979)
• United States
21 Oct
I think that mental illness has a genetic component, but I do believe that occurrences in one's environment can set that genetic component into action.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
I agree one lady I knew was burned in a fire and after than she was never mentally stable and its understandable, I was with her when they skinned her.
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@Corbin5 (81979)
• United States
21 Oct
@andriaperry Oh, dear! How awful.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct
@Corbin5 Its something you never will forget.
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@allen0187 (27537)
• Philippines
22 Oct
Some are hereditary. Others are caused by the external factors such as the environment.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct
What external factors do you think?
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@allen0187 (27537)
• Philippines
22 Oct
@andriaperry severe trauma during childhood is an example of an external factor. The loss of a parent can also be considered as another. Physical illnesses and poor physical health, when untreated, can also contribute to mental illness.
@thelme55 (11919)
• Germany
21 Oct
I do believe that mental illness is hereditary. I wonder if we have this in our family. Never heard of one in our family.
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@thelme55 (11919)
• Germany
22 Oct
@andriaperry maybe it s.
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@Marty1 (26840)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21 Oct
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?
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
I do not know why some have it and some dont, I think the scientist are still looking into that, but that was why I am thinking some have tthe gene and others do not.
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@Marty1 (26840)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Oct
@andriaperry I am wondering about that gene and hope to research it further and see what i can find out about it. I am hoping i can find the newest research on it
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Oct
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.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
Being crazy, nutty, a fruit loop or whacky and even stupid is not mental illness, that is what doctors define normal.
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Oct
Hmmmm, fruit loopy eh @andriaperry ? Yeah, I like that. Well, looks like doctors aren't as dumb as I thought they were
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@RasmaSandra (13426)
• Riga, Latvia
21 Oct
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.
Learn about causes, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
thank you. Have a wonderful night.
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@Emmlex1000 (1417)
• Lagos, Nigeria
21 Oct
Have a blissfully day
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@andriaperry (33282)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Oct
Thanks you too.
@teamfreak16 (36740)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Oct
The team I hate the most, the Denver Broncos, was shut out today. It was a great day!
@studylove (2149)
• Canada
22 Oct
There are some diseases which are hereditary while others we acquire from our environment. What do you think?