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Is anxiety hereditary?

Is anxiety hereditary?

Anxiety: Yes and no. Some families are predisposed to anxiety by virtue of either genetic association or, more likely, social learning theory, wherein behavior is learned by watching and observing. An anxious approach, reaction, or manner to situations may be "contagious.". ...Read more

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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which a person cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Is depression hereditary?

Is depression hereditary?

Yes: Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited. Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression. ...Read more

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What is fatal famillial insomnia?

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What is fatal famillial insomnia?

FFI: Ffi is a very rare inherited autosomal dominant prion disease of the brain, leading to progressively worsening insomnia which leads to hallucinations, confusion & delirium states, finally leading to death after 7-36 months from onset. ...Read more

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Is hyperthyroidism hereditary?

Is hyperthyroidism hereditary?

Partly: Genetic factors increase susceptibility to grave's disease, but a specific gene has not been identified. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy inherited?

Is narcolepsy inherited?

Yes: Up to 10% of narcolepsy patients have family members with the illness. Twins have an even higher chance of both having the illness. ...Read more

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Is add/adhd hereditary?

Is add/adhd hereditary?

Yes: Adhd is highly hereditable. The incidence of adhd is about 5% of population. Identical twins have a concordance of >80% (if one twin has adhd, it's >80% likely the other will). Full blood siblings have a rate of 35%, parent to child rate is 20%, if both parents are adhd, the child rate is closer to 50%. Faraone sv, biederman j, milberger s. An exploratory study of adhd among second-degree relative. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

Sometimes: Depends on the cause of your hypothyroidism. Congenital hypothyroidism (since birth) is less hereditable than acquired (latter in life) hypothyridism. ...Read more

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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

Sfi: In my 30 years of practice, I have not seen one case. Researching the history showed there were less than 100 cases ever reported worldwide. ...Read more

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Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Nausea: Nausea can come along with many types of conditions. However, it's not a symptom leading to the diagnosis of any kind of fatal insomnia [an exceedingly rare condition anyway]. Here's a site with all kinds of information about nausea: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/vomiting_and_nausea/article_em.Htm. ...Read more

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Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Often: There are many families that have long histories of depression. Often they show up as substance abuse or alcoholism as family members self treat themselves in destructive ways. Bipolar disease has been shown to run in families. ...Read more

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Is restless legs a symptom of fatal familia insomnia and sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is restless legs a symptom of fatal familia insomnia and sporadic fatal insomnia?

Not likely: Rls syndrome is unusual feeling of needing to move legs when trying to sleep. Reversible causes could be anemia or low red blood cells. Can be idiopathic (reasons uncertain) and falls in movement disorders and some parkinson drugs help. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic basis for having dry eyes? Is it familial or hereditary?

Not really: There are some dry eye diseases associated with sjogren's syndrome, which may have a genetic and environmental roles, but its probably not dominant or recessive as we know it. Familal and hereditary are terms sometimes used interchangeably, so I'm not sure what you're asking. Most dry eyes are prob not genetic based. ...Read more

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Is hypoglycemia hereditary?

Is hypoglycemia hereditary?

Perhaps: There are several different causes of hypoglycemia. Some causes are medical or drug induced and would not be hereditary. One form called reactive hypoglycemia is related to abnormal glucose metabolism and probably has some hereditary influences. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

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Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Definition Dependant: Most inborn errors of metabolism cause mental retardation because toxic substances build up in the body and brain. If we consider that most diseases are caused by genetics then most genetic disorders do not cause mental retardation. I am not a geneticist but i think the answer to this question depends on how we define genetic conditions. Hope this helps - here are some links: http://bit.Ly/rkklwh. ...Read more

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Is dementia hereditary?

Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read more

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What is fatal familial insomnia? What causes it?

What is fatal familial insomnia? What causes it?

FFI is a very rare : genetic neurodegenerative disorder caused by a mutant prion protein gene on Chromosome 20p13. Each child of a parent with FFI has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Mis-folded prion protein "spreads" in the thalamus, the brain area that controls sleep-wake cycles, progressively damaging neurons there. www.cureffi.org/2012/12/03/introduction-to-fatal-familial-insomnia/ explains symptoms & prognosis. ...Read more

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What is fatal familial insomnia? What causes it?

What is fatal familial insomnia? What causes it?

Genetics: This is a very rare, progressive inherited fatal brain disease that presents in adulthood but can be tested for earlier. It kills w/in a few years or less and progresses through 4 stages. Here's info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_familial_insomnia It's not considered treatable - but some can find ways to live a bit better and longer. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Whats fatal familial insomnia?

Whats fatal familial insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: Progressive degeneration of the talamic area in the brain. ...Read more

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