I heard you can change your dna. Since I believe all of our lifestyles, environments, along with our genetics trigger our sz…well what I’m asking is…if you get the illness and you truly had a low risk of the illness based on your genetics…could getting the illness change your dna and make your child more prone to sz then if your environment had NOT triggered the sz?
Like say I had a 5% risk when I was born. But I made lots of poor choices, bad predicaments, trauma and I got the illness. Does me getting the illness raise my child’s chance of getting sz??? Or are their chances based on my original chance of getting the illness. Does sz change your dna? Sorry if that was wordy lol.
I don’t think so. Ive given this one a little thought and my conclusion is, that if you weren’t really meant to get sz (like you pushed yourself to the limit with drugs or trauma or whatever) than you might still pass the predisposition to getting sz on to your kids, but as long as you warn them of the dangers of drugs and risky living they should come out ok.
Had understood it like this. Recent research is events do change our DNA. The theory has always been that one pivotal moment triggered the chemical imbalance. Has and is still a question of why some people end up with OCD or SZ or bipolar. Although we now know about the 5 gene link.
No, but szadmin linked a study that showed kids who were exposed to traumatic situations before age 2 were more likely to have kids with a mental illness, because the trauma actually changed their DNA. After around age 2 though, the effect wore off. So maybe after that our DNA is less changeable.
You guys are right but that doesn’t answer chews question. He wants to know if the change in genes is passable on to his kids, if he doesn’t think he would have gotten sz anyway. I’m not a geneticist but I believe the answer is, you pass the susceptibility to develope sz on to your children if you have it yourself, but it’s not a garantees they will get it. I read that I this site. If I knew how to quote I would quote it for you.
Watch a segment from CBS Sunday morning from about a week ago. How doctors in Italy discovered the cure of a rare genetic disease and uses the AIDS virus , your own immune system to repair the DNA. Fascinating.