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Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Depends on MI
Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia.
However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk.

In brief: Depends on MI
Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia.
However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk.
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