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Doctor insights on: History On Parents With Mental Illness Raising Children

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Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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How can I tell parent about mental illness?

How can I tell parent about mental illness?

Be candid: Be prepared to be asked questions about what your symptoms are and how they effect you. Take care. ...Read more

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Can poor parenting actually cause mental illness?

Can poor parenting actually cause mental illness?

Poor parenting: That includes violence or abuse could cause ptsd, depression, anxiety, etc. What do you mean by poor parenting? The journal "pediatrics" reported that physical punishment (i.E, pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, hitting) without abuse or neglect is associated with more mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, & drug abuse. Spanked children have more problems with anger & hitting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cope with a parent that has a mental illness?

NAMI: I would suggest looking up nami (national alliance of mental illness) as they have free support groups for families of those with mental illness. They have groups everywhere in the U.S. ...Read more

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Can a brand new mutation produce a mentally ill child, if both parents don't have mental illness?

Can a brand new mutation produce a mentally ill child, if both parents don't have mental illness?

Probably: Autism is often associated with a "polymorphism", essentially a single Amino Acid substitution in an enzyme. This may or may not be spontaneous in the child but it makes the child more sensitive to oxidative stress because of this important biochemical change. ...Read more

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How likely is it a child will get the exact same mental disorder as one of her parents?

How likely is it a child will get the exact same mental disorder as one of her parents?

Possible: Mental illness, like all medical conditions, are inherited to some extent. We know a lot about the inheritance if some illnesses, while we know very little about others. Depending on the illness in question, the inheritance pattern may be known. Consult your doctor for a specific answer. ...Read more

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What mental disorder can a person with a traumatic childhood have? One who was physically, emotionally and sexually abuse by his parent?

What mental disorder can a person with a traumatic childhood have?  One who was physically, emotionally and sexually abuse by his parent?

The aftermath: of emotional, physical and sexual abuse during childhood can lead to any number of psychological disorders. Our psyche does what it can to survive. Regardless of how well someone may have come through the trauma it leaves scars that warrant speaking with a clinical psychologist to reduce the fallout and strengthen the resilience. Groups for survivors are also helpful. ...Read more

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