It runs in the family

I knew that my father was a little paranoid already in the 1980s, I had a girlfriend who studied French and then I went to Paris where she was. My father thought that we were to have an abortion. My father had been in France in the 1970s. You know craziness runs in the family. My father’s sister was schizophrenic and spent her time in many close psychiatric units. And so on and so on.

If I’m remembering correctly on my entrance exam or whatever they call the half hour of questions I was asked before becoming a patient at the psychiatric clinic I go to they asked if anyone in my family had mental problems. The only one I know of that is diagnosed is one of my aunts as bipolar. But depression runs rampant on my mother’s side of the family.

Insanity runs in my family it practically gallops.

Only my dad and my brother have been diagnosed though (and myself of course). My late dad was PTSD and brother is dx with depression.

As the family opens up more and pieces are found… there has been a long line of mental illness in my family.

Some diagnosed and locked away. Some undiagnosed and just fondly remembered as danger boys or wild and eccentric ladies.

Addictive personalities, Depression, bipolar, Sz, alcoholism, ADD, it’s all in there.

I’m not aware of anyone in my family history who had Sz. Certainly not diagnosed anyway if they did. My family on both sides is by no stretch free of eccentricity. My grandfather on my mothers side most likely is ADHD which I personally consider…well…he’s different lets just say that. I know on my fathers side there has been depression and suicides or attempts at such.

In my immediate family, those I’m directly related to anyway, there is no mental illness at all. My sister, who was adopted at birth but is still biologically related to me, has struggled in the past but no professional was comfortable diagnosing her with anything.

Insanity does not run in my family. Depression does, though. Although, no one in my family other than me has psychotic depression. I have several diagnoses… Out of my entire family, I’m probably the most messed up XD