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Connection between your parents/spouses and mental illness?

Postby joeinlosangeles1 » Mon Apr 24, 2023 8:22 pm

There have been a lot of studies how people with mental illness are attracted to other who have mental illness.

I was wondering if someone whose parent is mentally ill tends to seek out partners/spouses who are mentally ill?

My mother had an undiagnosed mental illness that may have been schizophrenia and my spouse was diagnosed with bipolar disease.

I have searched and found no studies that looked at this connection, but it seems unlikely it has never been studied, so I may be doing a poor job of researching. I was wondering if anyone knows what the scientific literature says, or what your experiences are?
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Re: Connection between your parents/spouses and mental illness?

Postby potatohead » Thu Apr 27, 2023 7:46 am

My brother has Asperger's Syndrome. My sister is psychotic. My dad has paranoid personality disorder, and my mom is narcissistic. I had a relationship with a guy in high school who was later diagnosed with some sort of mental illness and put in an institution. Later, I married a guy who was a narcissist. Then recently, I felt a fated attraction toward this guy at work who is a narcissist. Luckily, I can recognize the disorder now and I stayed away. I never seem to connect with people who aren't mentally ill. I don't have many friends, either. I have one good friend who isn't mentally ill herself, but just like me, everyone in her family is mentally ill.
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