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Do MH/PD issues run in your family?

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New member
Jan 9, 2020
About 3 years ago, when I was 27, I was diagnosed with Schizoid Personality Disorder. 4 or 5 years prior to that I had already read numerous articles on that PD. I stumbled upon it during my Google search for, "Why don't I care about being around my family?" It's not abnormal for people to want to get away from their family from time to time but I never wanted to be around them. I didn't even want to get to know them more than what I already had. And for the most part, I have kept it that way.

Before I ramble too much, which I do often, let me get into a few diagnoses that have been given to family members. I'd like to note that these particular people are all women on my mother's side and some have co-morbid disorders.

SPD, Paranoid Schizophrenic, Bipolar II, BPD, Depression, Anxiety.

I know there are some I'm forgetting but having a complete list is beside the point.
The men in my family (on my mother's side) also have some MH issues, but mostly the men who are children of the women with the MH/PD issues. Most of my family on my mother's side are women so a lot of the men I'm related to have married in.

I'm not sure exactly how much nature has played a part in my alternative development as I'm not very educated on the subject. However, I did think it was interesting to think about. I'm curious if anyone else has something like this in their family.


Well-known member
Nov 12, 2019
Mental health issues run deeply in my family, also on my mother's side also.

This is the reason why i fear for my own mental health. I'm currently undiagnosed but believe i'm suffering from depression and sometimes bouts of anxiety.

I do think mental illness can be genetic.
I have see many family members, mostly the woman suffering, but also a couple men.
Ranging from anxiety/depression.
Paranoid scizophrenia.
Bipola disorder.
Chronic depression coupled with grief- leading to suicide.
A couple have been sectioned many times throughout their lives and are in and out of hospitals.
Some also deal with addictions alongside their mental illnesses.

It's heartbreaking and devestating to see and experience, what damage mental illness can do to those we love. But it has also resulted in me putting up a guard as to not allow myself to be too affected by it, as i have my own health to keep an eye on, as well as my childrens.


Well-known member
Jan 24, 2018
rather not say
nope I was the first family member ever diagnosed. Though they never could figure out a proper diagnoses for me.

Personally I think it was just sleep deprivation, and alchohol abuse that caused it.

Quit alchohol, and started better sleep routines.

Havent had any problems since.


Well-known member
Dec 17, 2019
London, ON
Schizophrenia runs in my mom's family. Like, 5 or 6 cousins of my generation have it (I'm using the old school term from 30 years ago, I've no idea what their diagnosis would be today).

Depression runs in my Dad's family.

On the other hand, I'm adopted, so, honestly, no idea.
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