Can Mental Illness Be Passed Down?
Mental illness can sometimes run in families. Those who have a family member with mental illness may be slightly more likely to develop one themselves. However mental disorders are not exclusively genetic. They are caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
The presence of mental health disorders is caused by a variety of factors—including genetics. The experts at Tapestry break down what we know about psychiatric disorders and their ability to be passed down.
Genetics and Your Mental Health
There has long been evidence that certain mental illnesses tend to run in families, but recent studies suggest that there are genetic factors that leave people more likely to develop these conditions. Research has shown that having variation in the CACNA1C and CACNB2 genes can leave you more likely to develop the following disorders:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depression
Looking After Your Mental Health
While there is no way to prevent mental illnesses from developing, there are plenty of ways that you can work to support your mental health whether or not you have received a diagnosis with a mental health disorder.
Here are some behaviors you can work into your everyday routine to help to support your mental health and wellness:
- Keep a journal
- Get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of rest
- Speak with someone you trust about your thoughts and feelings
- See a therapist regularly
- Spend time with loved ones
- Get regular exercise
- Practice mindfulness and meditation
- Take time to yourself
Mental Health Resources Available at Tapestry
At Tapestry, our mental health treatment programs are designed to provide our clients with individualized care while acknowledging their unique life experiences. Our staff members are also dedicated to understanding and treating our clients as whole people.
Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.