Do you REALLY know your genetic predisposition?
Do you really know your full multi-generational family history for addiction and/or mental health issues?
Genetics plays a key role: upwards of 80% (for bi-polar and schizophrenia) and upwards of 60% for addictions. So, understanding our relative’s mental health and history of addictive behaviors can help us take steps to avoid triggers and build resilience. When assessing your family tree it is important to look for and pre-disposition of addictive behaviors and separately any pre-disposition for mental illness. Many of our NAMI members elect to create their tree in 2 colors specifically to identify both addictive and specific mental health issues.