Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Each year, nearly 1 in 5 American adults experiences a mental illness, with half of all lifetime cases beginning by age 14 and 75 percent developing by 24, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. And for those who have a known family history of mental health issues, this may lead to the question: “What are my chances of developing a condition?” But the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. There’s no specific gene for mental illness, but you can be predisposed. “It’s a complicated picture,” explained Don Mordecai, the national leader for mental health and wellness...

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