Is Mental Illness Genetic?
"I rage, hurt people, and throw things around. I just can't help it. My father and mother and their siblings all had it in the family," he continued with a sigh.
This client saw me because his wife left him due to his repeated anger outbursts and physical beatings.
He's severely depressed and afraid that he might get out of control.
Orlando genuinely wished he could change his behavior pattern.
But he's at the same time believing that it's in his "genes," impervious to any shift.
He noted, however, that he had one brother and one sister who didn't have an anger problem.
It did make him wonder about the validity of his "genes" theory.
If psychological problems, such as a bad temper, has genetic cause, then both of Orlando's brother and sister would also have an anger problem.