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16 Things Your Mother’s Health Says About You

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Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Depression isnt the only mental illness that carries a genetic linkin fact, researchers have found genetic markers forfive serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to a study published inThe Lancet. Families may not want to talk about their history of these disorders due to the stigma surrounding mental illness but its important to find out as it can affect your health, Dr. Gandotra says. The most common medical cause of suicidal thoughts is having a mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, he says. Having a mental illness doesnt mean you will commit suicide but it can increase your risk. Aside from suicide, these illnesses can greatly impact your quality of life and the sooner you get diagnosed and start treatment, the better youll feel, he adds.

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