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I dont know why I thought of this but if Someone had DP and had a child, would they have DP or some sort of mental illness. This is kinda of a good question to me but may be already answerd, If you know then it would be cool to know as well.
 

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I don't personally view DP as a mental illness. I sort of see it as the opposite. Our brains our actually doing too good of a job. It's trying to protect us from emotions so we can get out the scary situation. Problem is there is no scary situation so it just keeps searching for one.
 

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I agree with nick, I don't think of it so much as a mental illness, but a coping mechanism that your brain uses to deal with trauma, anxiety, depression, and so on. It can also be from some chemical imbalance in your body. The problem is when your brain continues to detach from the world, but I think there is usually some reason that the brain does this.

None of my immediate family has experienced long term dpdr. Some mental illnesses can be passed down from parents, but I have no clue why some peoples brains cope with things by 'turning off' and leaving us with dpdr.
 

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I don't personally view DP as a mental illness. I sort of see it as the opposite. Our brains our actually doing too good of a job. It's trying to protect us from emotions so we can get out the scary situation. Problem is there is no scary situation so it just keeps searching for one.
I mean because of DP I had to drop out of high school and spent the majority of the past few years in and out of various psychiatrists barely leaving my house except for a few attempts at working.. so yeah, I consider it a mental illness. I've known people over the years for have killed themselves over this. Its not the the properly working defense mechanism of dissociation working, this is an abnormality.. a dysfunction.

"A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning."

I get where you guys are coming, but this is hands down probably the worst thing I will ever experience mentally.
 

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Of course it is a mental illness.........To say its not is absolutley ridiculous....Yes at the heart of it are physical brain chemistry issues but that is what defines mental ill health in the first place....

Can it be passed down through generations...Who knows to be honest...Maybe, maybe not....It requires alot of genetic research over time...

Doctors and shrinks will always ask you if there is a history of mental ill health in your family....So maybe there is a genetic link in their eyes...

Funny enough its one of the reasons Ive never had children...Not only cos I wouldnt be able to cope with children but also cos ive always had a fear I would pass this crap on to them...
 
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