reply to post by Jennxx
So many *statistics* and *evidence* does indeed point towards a genetic disposition/increased potential of developing a Mental Illness...but as you so
rightly point out there are a great many other factors at play.
That said, that is also a decent - and growing - body of *evidence* that challenges the almost
'givens' that exist within the Mental Health
sector around genetic disposition.
There are emerging studies that appear to suggest there is no real causal contributing link between parents/ancestors who may experience a Mental
Illness and their children/descendents.
Which raises the age old question of Nature Vs Nurture.
Does a child of someone who experiences a Mental Illness develop one due to an almost inescapible genetic link, or do they develop one due to the
associated life, events, activities, environments etc etc etc they are raised within?
An interesting study I've been part of recently was looking at the prevalence of Mental Illness within families of adopted children.
The study was of children whose parents had no previous Mental Health history living with adpoted parent/s who did...and of children whose parents had
a previous Mental Health history living with adopted parents who didn't.
...data to date seems
to indicate the link between parent with prior history and a childs chance of developing a Mental Illness is sketchy at
best. Of those children who did
however develop one there was much strong suggested links to trauma events within that childs life.
As someone who has worked within the Mental Health field for the past 15 years within Inpatient Wards, Acute Wards, Community MH Teams,
trained/qualified in Psych Nursing, Duly Authorised Officer, performs assessments, commitals etc etc...so not without a reasonable
understanding...what I do know is that we/the Mental Health System DON'T actually know as much as we might have others believe...
...its all such a grey area with FAR more unknowns that knowns...and that is completely understandable when you consider the basic premise of any
Mental Health crisis is as individual as the individual themselves.
Yup - in 15 years of this type of work, my biggest learning has been UN-learning what you get taught during your Nursing Training...and RE-learning
the very basic fundamentals of simple open and honest relationship/people skills. I know. Who would have thought it all essentially boils down to
relating to people as that - people first.
I sometimes think...and with no real shot being made here against fellow Nurses and other 'psych professionals'...too much of our training actually
impeeds that simple concept...and we over-complicate something that needs to remain grounded in the very basics.
in some ways be about the brain...but its not brain surgery...