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I only just found out - October 25th 2010, 03:40 PM

that my nan was in a mental hospital and had electrotherapy when my dad was about 15 :/ I knew she had depression before but I didn't know she has it quite so severe. My dad said she was so depressed she couldn't even speak for about a week :|

I just realised I never had much chance :| My dad is also on anti-depressants, so is my mum and sister :|

If I had a child would the chances of them having a mental health problem too be as high as it was for me? :/


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Re: I only just found out - October 25th 2010, 04:19 PM

I'm not sure.. sorry I'm not help. I would maybe think so. If these things run in your family.. then it is quite possible your child might too. However, I could be wrong.

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Re: I only just found out - October 25th 2010, 05:04 PM

It depends on who you had a child with (like, their mental health, the strength of their genes in the child), as well as how they grow up.

Sometimes, the chances of developing a mental health issue are sheerly environmental, sometimes just genetic, but sometimes its a combination of both. Like, if you have the potential to become mentally ill, it may never happen unless something triggers it.

If its a deep concern for you, once you're at that stage and settled down with the right someone, I'm sure you GP would be able to help you, or find someone who can.


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Re: I only just found out - October 25th 2010, 05:08 PM

In abnormal psych we learned the glass analogy and the biopsychosocial model, which means that if you look at someone's mental health chances as a glass, genetics fill the glass some and their environment fills it some and I think the third part was something like their individual ways of dealing with things and personality etc. So, the genetics you pass on to them would contribute to their chances of having it, but so would their father's genetics if he doesn't have it then their chances would be lower. Their environment etc. would also contribute to it.


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Re: I only just found out - October 26th 2010, 12:11 PM

Children require 2 to tango, so it depends on the genetics of the father, as well as the social aspects of the child's development. However, remember that as with most (or all) mental illnesses, there are differing levels of severity and differing reasons and types of depression.


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Re: I only just found out - October 26th 2010, 12:13 PM

Thanks guys <3 I also have a genetic disability called E.D.S. _____ that worried me enough as it was :| A doctor once told my dad that if I had a child with a guy who also had E.D.S. there's a chance s/he may not live a long life Luckily it's quite uncommon :/


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