Are Mental Illnesses Inherited? What to Know About Your Family's Health

There are some strong links between having a family member with schizophrenia and going on to develop it. If you have a close family member with schizophrenia, your chances of developing it increase from 1% to 10%. If both your parents have it, your risk increases to 50%. Of course, not everyone with a close family member who has schizophrenia will develop it.

The genetic components of schizophrenia are still being studied and researchers don’t have a complete picture at this time. One theory is that a microdeletion in chromosome 22 (22q11) may contribute to the development of schizophrenia.


My mom and sister have SzA. My youngest brother probably has it, too.


My grandpa had schizophrenia
My great aunt had depression


My grannie has sz


I think we inherit temperaments but there is a degree of flexibility within persons to change…

It’s like the a tree…
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree but how it grows to the left to the right is its own destiny.

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no one in my family was dx but couple older family members has always shown signs of depression and sz

but i come from an old school family where you dont talk about it