Thursday, 13 December 2007

What runs in your family?

Craig very kindly sent me this.

Autism Vox has already done a post on it, but as we have different readers I'm sure she wont mind if i also mention it.

Basically the article says now more children are being diagnosed as autistic, parents are now able to see and understand some of their own traits. This isn't just exclusive to autism but other conditions as well, ie attention-deficit difficulties to mood problems like bipolar disorder. And I'm sure many more.

I can certainly see traits in myself ( I like the term - I have one foot on the spectrum!) and some members of my family. Also in families of friends of mine who have disabled children.

It makes sense to me, colour of eyes, hair, mannerisms, etc can run in families, so shouldnt autistic traits do the same?

C got a double dose as there is autism on both sides of his family!!!


So what runs in your family apart from your nose!

40 comments:

Anne Brooke said...

Ooh, loads of things! My grandfather was apparently a charming sociopath (I never met him, though suspect we would have got on hugely well if I had!). He used to write books too - but non-fiction (he was very into soft fruit!!). And we all have red hair - on both sides of the family! And we all tend to be loners.

I also think there's a bit of autism floating around - my nephew has been tested twice, but has always been on the other side of whatever dividing rule (what is it??) they use. He copes fine but his life needs to be very structured. As indeed does mine.

A very interesting topic - has certainly got me thinking ...

Hugs

A
xxx

Zoƫ said...

Lots! left handedness, around two thirds of my relatives are, both my parents are. Dyslexia to varying degrees; I am and both my kids are to one extent or another. AS, each of my siblings has a child with it to varying degrees, and Bi Polar Disorder; I have an a brother, aunt and a cousin with definite diagnosis of manic depression.

My mother was 70 recently, and we all gathered for a special lunch, my parents, my siblings, their spouses and all our offspring, there is a definate 'look': eye shape even though we are every shade of colour from bright blue to dark brown, and face shape. Everyone has really thick hair, long lashes and definite eyebrows too. It is easy to tell we are all related, and my son , is the splitting image of my youngest brother, as infants you can't tell them apart in photos, apart from the age of the pictures!

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

I can definitely put my hand up as 'dipping my toe in the spectrum'. My son and I are alike in so many ways... and yes, I have many 'aspie' moments...
His diagnosis has actually opened my eyes to understanding a lot more about myself.

frog ponds rock... said...

My father was an alcoholic. he died when I was 14. his parents were alcoholics as well.. *sigh*

I drink a lot. but I comfort myself (or delude??) with the fact that I only drink beer to excess.. *hic* and that's Australian right... hehehe

cheers kim

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Epilepsy runs on my mother's side, but it has been mentioned that it could be linked to autism. Whether this is ever going to be proved fact I don't know but I have noticed some autistic traits in myself over the years and definitely in my sister who also has epilepsy.

Crystal xx

QUASAR9 said...

Well Casdok, apart from 'striking' good looks, there are many other traits run in my family ...

the camera and the mirror might not lie, but amazing how good most of us are at deceiving ourselves most of the time if not all of the time.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Oh, I know, it's amazing! It does help to have more compassion for the others in our lives we thought were just trying to bug us!

Jen said...

Early waking...all of us over 25 pretty much wake up around 3 am (as does 1 of my kids). The females on my mom's side pretty much all look the same...put us in a room together, and you can't tell who's who. My kids have piles of learning-disabled cousins that were born after they were, which doesn't surprise me at all. And I have problems with food, so I'm definitely not surprised that my kids do.

Suzy said...

Hopefully nothing.....

Love,
Suzy

Family Adventure said...

This is interesting. We already covered this as we got your youngest diagnosed with ADHD. As we were going through the 'checklist' of symptoms, I could see so many of my husband's traits AND my brother's traits on the list.

I've also started to notice my own traits in my boys, especially when it comes to fine and gross motor skills, etc.

It makes perfect sense to me that these conditions are partly genetic, just like everything else about us.

Great post!

Heidi

laughingwolf said...

dyslexia and arthritis, that i'm fully aware of.... one of my kids has psoriasis, and i seem to have a bit of it here and there, but nothing like he has :(

oh yes... foodication, for most emotional ups and downs!

Rhonda said...

very interesting post.
It does make sense to have all these characteristics run through families.

Cait O'Connor said...

I was an adopted child and spent many years searching for my original family. I was successful even though my parents were both dead I have found half-siblings and cousins and learned about my roots. It is one of my soapbox subjects I am afraid, the fact that adopted children, children born by sperm/egg donation, surrogacy or whatever, grow up without their birthright which is an identity let alone knowlege of medical/mental conditions or family traits. Best not get me started....

bullet said...

Both my son and I are on the spectrum. My dad has a lot of traits but I wouldn't say he's on it himself. My mum possibly has some dyslexic traits and was very reserved when younger, again I wouldn't say she's on the spectrum. My older sister has traits, but again appears to be not on the spectrum and my younger sister I don't think is anywhere near the spectrum.

Ange said...

"Oh, I know, it's amazing! It does help to have more compassion for the others in our lives we thought were just trying to bug us!"

Exactly! Having my Bubba made me realize that my husband is my husband and that he's not doing certain things just to bug the crap out of me and purposely irritate me. Well sometimes he does do that, but...

Amanda said...

what runs in my family..
autism! varying expressions of it.
bi-polar people, engineers, artists, magnificient thinkers.

and a lot of auto-immune disorders- name one- someone in my family has it.

kristina said...

Definitely the nose and Charlie is basically "me as a boy" -- but the height and lanky legs from Jim's side of the family----and all that ADHD. We both have Aspergerish cousins and, one side of my family, most of my cousins who are my age work in Silicon Valley (I'm the "literary person"). I'm glad to say Charlie is like us!

Phil Plasma said...

ALS. My grandfather dies of ALS and so I have a 5-10% chance of also dying of ALS.

Molly said...

Ah, I love this article. I think it's so true. My mother and I are exactly alike, both very ADHD. We may spin around in circles but we get more done by noon than most people do all day! It's funny for us the girls are all alike and the boys are all alike.. the girls are super adhd and hyper and tough, the boys are much more sensitive and laid back.. I wonder how much of it is gender? My cousin's mom died from breast cancer which puts her at an increased risk, but I'm glad she will be extra careful and stay on top of things.

Paul F. said...

I think mental illness runs in my family. They think I'm the one who's crazy.

Meredith said...

Hmm. The peculiarity is, my family contains a lot of things *except* autistic traits. My father is pretty much asexual and (like every man on his branch) a heavy drinker, like my mom's mom. I had a 2nd cousin (mom's side) who hanged himself... either depression or bad financial situation, who knows? Mom has an open spine-end, mild depression and anxiety, and a thing called 'atrophia cerebelli', which manifests itself in motor clumsiness increasing with age. Oh, and mom, dad and I are all near-sighted.
The nickel thing and the aspie thing are still a mystery in origin. Maybe we should just investigate a little more.

Ian Lidster said...

It's odd, isn't it. when I was a child nobody was diagnosed with autism. There were just kids in school who were screwups and basically they were discarded by the system as behavioral problems, with nobody taking the pains to find out what was going on.

I am sure many things run in my family. I have a brother who is ADHD, and who also drinks too much. My mother died of alcoholism, and that was why I decided to no longer drink, about a decade ago. I have another brother who is a complete recluse. I've not seen him in 15 years, but I check up on him periodically.
Othewise, we're normal, I tell you, 'normal' Ha.

Dr. Deb said...

Depression

Unipolar and bipolar in my family.

Christy said...

You say one foot on the spectrum, but sometimes I feel as though I am playing twister with the spectrum.

Don Mills Diva said...

Depression runs in my family. I don't think I am especially prone but my aunt, mother, father and brother have all struggled with it.

mommy~dearest said...

Difficult to say since I'm adopted! We just found out that Tourettes runs in the family- something I'd be interested in tracing back, but again, that's the difficult part. :)

Kassiane said...

I've got an Aspie grandfather who is utterly immune to addiction (I am too, I keep forgetting my klonopin and wondering why I seize instead of sleeping through nights...he quit 3 packs a day cold turkey to prove it could be done).

No one in my family DOES look alike, except we all have Ehlers-Danlos, which is a hyperflexibility thing that leads to long limbs too (theyre all tall though and I'm NOT and I'm the most flexible). And we have just about every neurological condition on the planet somewhere in our tree. Autism, bipolar, everyone has migraines, ADHD, OCD...we have it all. Hyperlexia too, yep...

Casdok said...

An impressive list!!

Cecily R said...

Oh, I'm sure there are a myriad of things, but my son, like my dad, is colorblind. My daughter, like me, is a raging drama queen. Do those count? I know we have autism, anxiety disorders and ADD in the mix too. Seems like we all do, so we should all just get along, right?

Laura(southernxyl) said...

Migraines and essential tremor. These are manageable, so we're fortunate there.

And looking young for our age. People are frequently stunned when they find out my daughter's age (20). She occasionally gets the kids' menu in restaurants. I am told that I do not look anywhere near 47, although that doesn't make sense to me because when I look in the mirror I see a middle-aged hag. My husband doesn't look his age either.

And we're all technical-minded introverts, which makes us very compatible. Right now the three of us are happily doing our thing(s) in three separate rooms.

So where's YOUR gospel-song quiz?
: )

libra bear said...

Thanx for stopping by, this is an interesting Blog. Lots to read. I can't think of anything that runs in my Family...except may Diabetes. So I need to be careful of my sugar intake.

buffalodickdy said...

If they would have had Ritalin when I was growing up, they would have probably put me on it. Genetics have a major role in who we (are/will) become...

Eileen said...

I am glad you posted this. It is so interesting and so very true. Bi-polar, anxiety, depression and alcoholism runs deep on this family tree. Although, I suspect the alcoholism was used to mask the others symptoms.

When my daughter was 3, before the bi-polar diagnnosis, PDD-NOS was tossed around. A good friend of mine, who is doctor, who works with autistic children said, "there are more people walking around with autistic traits than with actual autism." That made so much sense to me. I see a lot of traits in me, I really do.
XOXOX

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Allergies and poor eyesight.

Chris H said...

PIGHEADED-NESS

DJ Kirkby said...

Very large helpings of traits from the autistic spectrum on both sides!

Attila The Mom said...

Well, like most adoptees, I've never had any family medical history until I found my birth family 5 years ago. So I couldn't tell you, really. LOL

My oldest has OCD, and I'm prolly one of the most anal-retentive people I know---a compulsive list maker. And I count things, like chores down ("if I put away 25 things I can check number 1 off my list). So my list consists of stuff nobody would ever recognize:

#1 25
#2 25
#3 25

So yeah, think there's least a touch of OCD in my gene pool. LOL

d. chedwick bryant said...

I come from a line of cheerful, hardworking types.
.
But ...
Diabetes runs in my family, especially among the sedentary snackers. since I always knew this--I am able to avoid it with healthy foods and lots of exercise.

Stroke is the leading cause of death in my family, followed by old age and heart attack. My grandmother was 103 yrs. old when she had her stroke though, so I don't think she minded all that much--she went quickly. My other grandmother had diabetes, and then strokes. Their mothers both had strokes.

It is good to know your medical history. Good to remind people to think about it. This kind of knowledge may lengthen your life!

San said...

It is amazing sometimes, the way I'll observe a tiny child in our family, and think, "She looks just like Daddy," or "He's Grandma all over." And it's not the facial features or the eye color or the body build. It's the way they ARE!

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

We are a family of autism, sensory issues, addiction, perfectionism, clinical depression, obsessions, a splash of ADD, music (on one side), engineering and math (on both) and brilliant thinkers.