When Mental Illness Is Your Family Heirloom [The Root]


Psychiatric disorders definitely have a genetic component. And that, in addition to the trauma that most black people, particularly black women, endure in their lifetimes means that what may lie dormant is invariably loosed. Sometimes it looks like your auntie, who has barely left her room in 15 years. Sometimes it looks like your daddy, whose rage is so palpable that you can actually feel it; sometimes it’s drinking every night to take the edge off.

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Laura Haynes Collector posted:

Who says all psychiatric orders have a genetic component?  Who says many/ most "genetic" factors are not actually EPI-genetic?

Laura, that's spot on:

Many/most genetic factors are not actually EPI-genetic

Thankfully, we now live in an age where more and more professionals are beginning to accept that childhood abuse/generational trauma/ ACEs have a detrimental impact on one's mental and physical health.

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