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Is it genetic?

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My mom had dpdr from 17yo to 26yo. My only brother still suffers from it since he was 16yo and I'm almost 100% recovered but I have been struggling with it for the last 3 years since I was 19yo.
My brother and I dont want to have biological children. We strongly believe it has to do with our genes, so this nonsense ends with us. I won't be responsable for passing this on.
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It's the old debate. People will say that a history of mental illness in the family is proof of a genetic link, but then people with close family with mental health problems, particularly parents, will typically grow up in a more chaotic and therefore more stressful environment. Personally I think everyone has the potential for mental illness. I heard a special forces soldier saying the other day that everyone has a breaking point.

There's a brilliant documentary called "Three Identical Strangers," which is about triplets who grew up separately. I won't give any spoilers for those who want to watch it, but it's really compelling.
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