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My sister-in-law says she has psychiatric problems. Are other family members more likely to get the same thing?
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Dr. Laura Davies
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Unclear
Many psychiatric illnesses have a genetic component to them, so that people who are related by blood to her could be at elevated risk, depending on her illness.
Just because there is a genetic risk does not mean that her relatives will necessarily become ill, since illness depends on many factors.

In brief: Unclear
Many psychiatric illnesses have a genetic component to them, so that people who are related by blood to her could be at elevated risk, depending on her illness.
Just because there is a genetic risk does not mean that her relatives will necessarily become ill, since illness depends on many factors.
Dr. Laura Davies
Dr. Laura Davies
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Psych sister-in-law
Hi, i don't know what your sister-in-law's diagnosis is, but i can say that she is open, reaching out to her family.
If she has the urge to discuss this situation, please listen and support her.Is she seeking help-treatment for her psych problems?Is she a threat to herself or others? The immediate problem is not the transmissability of her disorder-but is she o-k.?If not, call psych intervent asap.

In brief: Psych sister-in-law
Hi, i don't know what your sister-in-law's diagnosis is, but i can say that she is open, reaching out to her family.
If she has the urge to discuss this situation, please listen and support her.Is she seeking help-treatment for her psych problems?Is she a threat to herself or others? The immediate problem is not the transmissability of her disorder-but is she o-k.?If not, call psych intervent asap.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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In brief: depends
Most psychiatric disorders have a genetic, biological, or inherited component to them. That means that direct blood relatives may be at a higher risk of getting ill, very similar to general medical illnesses that have a genetic tendency to them. They are not contagious.
It also depends on many other factors--what specifically is the illness? Some have stronger genetic tendencies than others.

In brief: depends
Most psychiatric disorders have a genetic, biological, or inherited component to them. That means that direct blood relatives may be at a higher risk of getting ill, very similar to general medical illnesses that have a genetic tendency to them. They are not contagious.
It also depends on many other factors--what specifically is the illness? Some have stronger genetic tendencies than others.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
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