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Question by just wondering
Submitted on 7/21/2003
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can the tendency of suicide be passed from parent to child i mean is it heredity?

Answer by lorraine
Submitted on 8/4/2003
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i just wonder if suicide is hereditary there has been so many in my family 2 uncles father attempted my son now my nephew. 4 out of one family succeeded doesnt it sound like its possibly passed down?


Answer by Laura
Submitted on 11/18/2003
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I think yes. It can be passed down like many other family traits. Out of a survey that I have taken of a few families the percentage was 4 out of 5 families have had their parents, aunts and uncles try to commit suicide and their children also tried. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it happens to every family.


Answer by crazy daisy
Submitted on 12/11/2003
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I  do not think it is heredity, but I think if you saw your brother or sister commit suicide, you may think it is a way to solve answers, just because they thought so.


Answer by Amalius
Submitted on 1/12/2004
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Suicided goes against every instinct we as mammals have!  what sets humans apart from most forms of life on this planet is the fact we have a heightened sense of perception combined with emotions most people can barely control,  and because of that we can impose those emotions and feelings on others around us because misery loves company.   its a little off subject, but sort of fits:   A. Crowley once wrote "Magick is defined as the ability to alter ones reality by force of ones will"  The Book of Thoth


Answer by genthro
Submitted on 2/10/2004
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No, I don't think that having suicidal tendencies is influenced by the genes. A person whose family/relatives show signs of suicidal behavior might influence him/her to show the same behavior. This people have their own distinct reasons for having suicidal tendencies. Hence, heredity does not account as reason why people have suicidal tendencies. :)


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/11/2004
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I know for a fact that it is passed down. Do you ever wonder why you want to commit suicide? You may say because you're depressed. Well why do you get depressed? It's a demonic force called demons. They are the ones who tell you to sin and kill your self. It says very clearly in the bible that these spirits are passed "to the third and fourth generation." These spirits that are doing this to you will haunt your kids if their curse is not broken. So now you say there is no hope. Well I know of some people who know how to stop those impulses to die and break that curse. Go to pleasantvalleychurch.net. You don't have to be depressed all the time. There IS a way out. It worked for me!


Answer by bob
Submitted on 4/2/2004
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I don't think that suicide is passed down.  But I believe that depression is.


Answer by jasmine patterson
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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I do not think is heredity,cause at the age of 14 you're accountable for all of your actions. So if you choose to commit suicide it's on your behalf.I'm not saying to comitt suicide.But if your parents are doing things like that try talking to them or getting them help.


Answer by sara
Submitted on 5/10/2004
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i knew someone whose dad and many uncles commited suicide, and the boy is suicidal himself. not necessarily because its hereditary but because he never got counseling for it.


Answer by believe
Submitted on 9/19/2004
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I know of two boys (one ended up my cousin) any both were given up for adoption.  Each lead very different lives in very different circumstances.  Both committed suicide.  This tells me there is more to it than just life.  I believe heredity has something to do with it.


Answer by Alyssa coomer
Submitted on 12/13/2004
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no no and no


Answer by Alyssa coomer
Submitted on 1/5/2005
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I think that you all just need to calm down being that you don't really know that much!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by melinoe
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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a tendency towards suicide seems like a meme.
i suspect it's not hereditary


Answer by peacefan
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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The debate of "nature versus nurture" will probably never be solved, and I don't think it really needs to. Years and years of research have gone into teasing apart the impact of genetic influences from environmental ones. C'mon....what in this world is black and white (?)- right...nothing.


Answer by Nikki
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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Depression is the thing that is passed down from parent to child and suicide is something those people who have a depression disorder try to commit because they can't handle life the way that "normal" people can.
Trust me I know from experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by LISA P.
Submitted on 12/12/2005
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Answer by antoinette
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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yes, suicide is genetic. In the neurobiology of suicide there isnt enough emotional components in the brain. and when the parents have low emotional components in the emotional part of your brain then it causes their child to have high risk as well.. its proven.


Answer by Summer
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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I think this question was asked in the wrong format.  I think it should'vebeen asked "Can suicidal thoughts stem from a hereditary condition passed on from a parent?"  I don't think suicidal thoughts are passed on, but we do share the same DNA as our parents.  Just like one can pass on traits & diseases and the ability to be prone to other diseases (such as colon cancer), I believe mental illnesses and chemical imbalances can be passed on.  I have seen many families where many members are bipolar.  My father committed suicide, and I often have feelings of worthlessness, but I'm smart enough to know when I'm being depressed for no reason.  I can actually reason with myself during these times because I know it's a genetic fluke for me...I ignore it the best I can.


Answer by Christelle
Submitted on 3/6/2006
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My Father committed suicide less than a year ago, heredity... I don't know, depression.. know that is, agreeing with Bob.
The grieve creates depression on its own so yeah maybe it is heredity still, its you and you alone to decide, yet the option of suicide seems easier so I guess inderectly it does make a difference.


Answer by Ariel Brown
Submitted on 3/22/2006
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I think this can happen because if your child sees you die they might think they don't have a puorpes to live.


Answer by Roxxy
Submitted on 5/15/2006
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I think suicide is heretitary be cause all but a few people on my dads side has including me but not any more attempted or succeeded suicide. One recently my cousin this is one of the hardest one mainly cause he is only 17


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Answer by Shortay
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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Yes suicides run in the family, if the person was close to the person that knew the person that commited suicide. I HOPE you can understand what iam saying. Iam a 14 year old female and well i have wanting to commite suicied the more i think bout my uncle when he shot himself in the heart. Nice to find out he was in the hospital and i couldnt come and see him one last time. no one told me bout it til the day after he died. i couldnt cry or anything and when i went to the funeral i thought he was just sleeping. I thought for sure he could of just be joking around but he wasnt. and when ever i cried about him being dead i got yelled at by everyone around me. I could of kept him at my house because i know he loved me lot. but no i told him he can go home and come back tomarrow, all because he wanted to go home. and so now i feel like im to blame. and i have ended up in the hospital all because i cut myself. the only reason why iam still living is for my boyfriend.  we have been plannin a time for both of us to escape and he can get me pregnant so that way he can come over and visit more and plus we would have something to both share. I know you probly think iam some pshyco but im not. im just like everyone else wheather you like it or not!!
i hope you are reading this cause its all true!!


Answer by janeej
Submitted on 7/13/2006
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I asked a friend who is a paychiatrist.  He asked me, "Haven't you heard that suicide is contagious?"  Actually, I had, but it didn't really explain a whole lot to me.  That's what I told him and he said, "Well, yes, it does seem to be hereditary, but we really don't know if that's also because of environment, etcetera.  For example, if you took a newborn from a family wrought with suicide and placed it in a stable, nurturing home, would the child still be more inclined towards depression, or suicide?  It's hard to say, more studies really do need to be done.  However, studies do appear to show that psychological traits-such as alcoholism, substance abuse, rage, depression-do have a biological root.  What we don't know is if a stong environment is a cure, or simply a deterrent."

I hope this helps; in a way, I felt he was giving me a very complicated explanation of the fact that he simply--well, didn't know.


Answer by oh, me
Submitted on 8/6/2006
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i think it is the influence of another's actions my cousin had committed suicide and i feel that i should do the same. life is just so much easier when you look at the option of suicide.


Answer by dayle
Submitted on 8/22/2006
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i dont think its hereditary. it depends on the person's way of thinking... those persons involving into this suicide thing must have this very big problem that he/ she urges to kill himself, but i dont think killing oneself would do in order to solve a problem.. having a problem is a challenge to us. we have given this kind of problem in order for us to learn, to grow and be a better person in the near future and that takes a person to be a winner, but if u loses hope, u quit, u cut off ur life then u'llprobably became a loser.


Answer by Donna
Submitted on 10/18/2006
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Like most physical, intellectual and emotional traits, there may be a basis in genetics for tendency toward suicide, or more accurately, toward the root depression that causes suicide.  However, environmental factors must also play a major role in families where people share similar experiences, like family violence, alcoholism, poverty, drug addiction.  These factors can also lend themselves to an increased risk of suicide.


Answer by angel
Submitted on 2/14/2007
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i think that suicide is pasted down my generation because my mom attempeded it and my dad actualy did it and 2 years ago i also attemted it but there is one person who can help you generational curse....god


Answer by Cindy
Submitted on 3/29/2007
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I strongly believe it to RUN in the family!!! By that I mean it is NOT like a disease of genetics, simply a trait/action carried on by generations from EXTREME circumstance some people may be dealt from the initial suicide!!! I am one of those children & know my parent felt she had NO OTHER way, in her situation at that time!!! Now here I find myself extremely ill, however have a child & that has been ALL that has stopped me so far!!! It, however is a daily question the more tragedies I am dealt & with my health already so bad!!! Then, I realize, he with my genetics for my diseases would be the 3rd generation to face this thought through what he has been dealt!!!


Answer by amanda
Submitted on 4/8/2007
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No. Because suicide is not a trait but a mental thought that is arised when the victim has Depression.It is true that the child or children can be influenced by their surroundings, but the child or the children have a success rate that it would not accept what they see or hear.


Answer by angie
Submitted on 4/19/2007
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I am sorry to those who think that suicide it hereditary. But many studies have shown that what is hereditary is mental illnesses that can lead to it, such as bipolar, schizaphrenia, depression, alcohol/drug abuse. My dad killed himself and as far as we know, there is only one other known suicide in the family and that was a long time ago. But I do agree that they need to have groups and counseling for the survivors of this problem and maybe it wouldn't seem like a family epidemic if the remainers could get some better help.


Answer by Tammy Brogan
Submitted on 7/14/2007
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I think that the genes for depression and mental illness are absolutely passed through the blood line... which is the cause of suicide.  So, it is inherited through genes to a certain extent.  Along with coping abilities, self worth, etc.- these are learned behaviors also.  Some people have to work a little harder in life to be happy.


Answer by grant
Submitted on 7/19/2007
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i believe that it is..
my father killed himself.. and i attempted a few times as a teen.. now in my thirties I think about it alot more than i can to admit


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