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Mental health within the family

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It has been proven that mental illness can be genetic, so I was wondering if anyone else has family members with mental health disorders?

I have severe anxiety and depression.

My mum has severe anxiety, depression and bipolar.

My dad had severe anxiety, depression & schizophrenia until he died in 2015.

My sister currently suffers with anxiety, depression, bipolar and possibly dependent personality disorder (undiagnosed).

My maternal grandmother has experienced depression and anxiety when she was younger.

My 2nd cousin had severe depression and committed suicide whilst in prison years ago.

My maternal uncle has severe depression.

There are possibly other relatives with mental health conditions as well.
 
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In my case I definitely think it was genetic, because I was born with a genetic condition inherited from my father, that increased the chances of me being born with autism among other things. Plenty of environmental triggers to make me more withdrawn, too.
 
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Yes, it is highly inheritable, and at the same time, not only in terms of genetics, but it can also be 'inherited' through environment. Being constantly exposed to/ being around people with mental illness within the home must pre-dispose you to it, as you learn all your behaviours in the home. Parents are supposed to guide you on how to live, and if they have depression, for example, they are essentially teaching you depressive tendencies, though that may be the last thing in the world they want to do. They can do it inadvertently.
Kids are sensitive and in many ways, they are blank slates. I believe they can sniff depression, anxiety, etc, on adults and subconsciously learn how to replicate it.
 
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My uncle and cousin both committed suicide but we’re undiagnosed
Another uncle was dx schizophrenic
My maternal grandmother again undiagnosed but possibly had BPD from her behaviour
My mother had delusions of grandeur and possibly narcissistic
My sisters has violent outbursts towards her kids poss BPD
My brother suffers anxiety untreated.
My daughter has BPD and CPTSD
All from the maternal side. When I asked the pdoc said it has never been proven to inherit but there could be that it could also be down to how close you were to that person and how they treated you could have an effect on your mental well being
 
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my mum has had suicide attempts, my brother has had depression, my uncle has been on heavy medication most of his life and can't work because of it, but I'm not sure exactly what he has

i think it also has more to do with environmental factors than genetics because there's others in my family who live a totally normal life and never really had these issues
 
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While not the case myself, an ex partner of mine did have quite a few MH issues.
Her mother was Bipolar and my ex dealt with depression like myself, but me and her mother were pretty sure she was also bipolar.

But with me I think my problems aren't family related as far as I know.
 
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The male side were alcoholic and the female bipolar/depression. The female side all shoplifted too. I think it's really helpful to know and then it makes it easier to change behaviour. Obviously environment and life stresses can tip some people over the edge. Knowledge gives us the power to change.
 
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