Are mental illnesses inherited? This question worries many parents. It is very scary to “reward” your child with a mental disorder.
How are mental illnesses transmitted?
The fact that mental illness can be inherited has been noticed for a long time. Today, genetics confirm: indeed, mental disorders are more likely to appear in a child in a family where a relative suffered from a similar ailment. And the reason for this is a violation in the structure of genes.
There is such a thing as a coefficient of hereditary risk. The higher this coefficient, the higher the likelihood that the child will inherit the illness of relatives. Continue reading