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January 19, 2006
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The Record (Bergen County, NJ); 1/17/2006; TOM DAVIS
By the time you read this, I'll be a father again.
For the third time.
Don't worry. I'll be fine.
Diapers, bottles, pacifiers by now they're all routine. Waking up at 2 a.m.? Please. If anything, college trained me for those long, sleepless nights.
The only thing I fear is the future. I fear for my children. I think of mental illness, and how it's as much a part of my family as hair that's prematurely gray.
It's an issue that many people struggle with: Should they bring children who are at-risk into a world that's still largely ignorant of the brain's complexities?
Such feelings are natural, professionals say. But expecting parents shouldn't jump to the conclusion that mental illness is their children's destiny.
Studies, in fact, vary on how much of an impact heredity has on mental health.
Researchers believe that at least 80 percent of autism cases a neuropsychiatric disorder that impairs the way people relate to others is because of hereditary factors, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
The American Psychological Association, however, was unable to provide any studies from its database showing heredity's impact on bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other illnesses.
Researchers believe there is a link between mental illness and family history. But the genetic evidence, at this point, is not as advanced as it is with breast cancer and autism.
"Researchers are confident that autism is genetically related," said Jennifer Loukissas, a spokeswoman for National Institute of Mental Health. "But with other disorders, there may be other factors."
Professionals debate whether environment has a bigger influence on a child whose parents suffer from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Or genetics and environment may have a shared impact.
Children mimic the habits of their parents particularly obsessive-compulsive traits like washing hands constantly, or repeating statements over and over, mental health professionals say.
Frank J. Sileo, a Ridgewood psychologist who cares for children and parents, said he always asks his patients if they have a family history of mental illness. He believes there is a link, even if it's not genetic.
If a person grows up in an abusive household, it's possible they feel the pain of that experience for the rest of their lives. It may evolve into depression or other mental disorders later on, Sileo said.
Those symptoms may become pronounced once the children begin to deal with the pressures of teenage and adult life: paying bills, keeping slim and other peer-related anxieties.
"They may have a greater risk of developing something later on," Sileo said. "Usually, it's in the college-age range when things may emerge."
I grew up with a mother who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder. She washed her hands constantly, and warned me to avoid contact with germs or people who suffered from contagious diseases.
She also worried about what she ate. She rarely finished her dinner plate, and complained that it made her sick. She'd go on about it for 15 minutes, and turn it into the prevailing dinner-table conversation topic.
The whole time, I'd listen to her, making mental notes of what she was saying. By the time I was in college, food made me feel sick, too.
So far, there's no evidence that my children will suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, as my mother, grandfather and great-grandfather did. Or bulimia, which affected me in college.
But in my house, we try to provide a loving and nurturing atmosphere that's free of fear.
The Coping column appears every other Tuesday. To suggest topics, write to Tom Davis, The Record, 150 River St., Hackensack, N.J. 07601 or e-mail davist@northjer sey.com. Please include your phone number with all correspondence.
Copyright ę 2006 Bergen Record Corp. All rights reserved.
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