Insanity: Is it true that it can be shared by family members?

Have you heard about this? Insanity can be handed down by mother or father to their children. Call it the unusual or queer genetic disturbance but it is true. It runs in the blood, in the family, or should I say, in the brain?

I had a casual talk with my friendly neighbor, a close family friend, who related that she's afraid her another brother is a candidate for insanity; her elder sister succumbed to this mental distortion. She also added that at her father's family tree, some of her cousins have the same problem. If you don't know their true mental status, you can leave first impression that they're normal, unless, you can see them talk or act in a peculiar way.

She even spilled out that her cousins excelled at their college classes until that unusual behavior came.

Usually, this unusual hereditary trait will surface when:

  1. someone reaches the age of 18;
  2. he/she became fully frustrated in love;
  3. stress defeated your disposition.

When that unusual tick in the brain, or maybe some neurons being destroyed because of too much serious thinking going on, that it snapped ones normal disposition that carried him/her into their own world of separateness away from normal life.

With shared insanity, I think, there's a rapport happening between two insane persons. Or maybe, the one is really insane, while the other is just acting it to jive with the former's behavior.

Let's find out.

'Folie a Deux': Insanity in Pairs by antoniomar79

Shared Insanity or Folie A Deux

In France, it is called Folie a deux or shared psychotic disorder. It pertains to delusional belief or a clear proof to being paranoid as if they're afraid of something we cannot see or sense in a normal way. Or even they can commit murderous act with just the two of them, with a pact that the two of them keeps in secrecy

Folie a deux , as a shared trait by a family also connotes emotional attachment. It can be with the couple, their offspring or even siblings.

Studies from Enoch & Ball's Uncommon Psychiatric Syndromes or emotional contagion.It reveals the following terminologies in order to closely understand and differentiate the different levels of psychosis.

  1. Folie Imposee - a dominant person or the principal actor who promotes a delusional belief that during the period of psychotic attack or abnormal behavioral episode, he/she makes other that what she's/he's saying or actuation is normal. A secondary receptor or acceptor or the associate will agree about the dominant person's behavior.
  2. Floie Simultanee - describes the situation where two people share delusional psychosis; as if they are mimicking each other.

Meanwhile, there's an argument from the book, Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that an individual cannot be branded or diagnosed as insane or fool if his/her belief is accepted by the society.

If it is wrong, confusing or pure hearsay, it is not or will not be categorized as clinical delusions of psychotic profession. Instead it's a mass hysteria.

That's another subject that we should talk about.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Your Question hub is also puzzling to ordinary, normal person. Those insane persons think otherwise; as if they're the ones having the right motivation and orientation that they bend the truth about everything. Team-up insanity can be both superficial and annoying, much more if two insane people will start hurting others because of the fantasies that emanate in their brains.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

It's scary if you'll meet these persons, travel man. You didn't know what keeps going on in their minds.

ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Arian,I have never heard of the psychiatric disorder, Folie a deux, before. I'm glad that you wrote about it so I could learn of it. The DSM is an interesting read, isn't it? There are things in there that NOBODY has ever heard of before. The mind is a very fascinating subject to explore, and that's why it is one of my many interests. On your list of causes for a mental disorder, there are many causes, but your one cause, reaching the age of 18, is associated with schizophrenia specifically, as the late teen's and early 20's is the average age range for this illness to express itself. For susceptible individuals, stress or trauma can trigger mental disorders. My mother was schizophrenic, but developed it after the age of 30, when the events of her life left her traumatized. Thankfully, I did not inherit her illness, yet I did develop an anxiety disorder after my own stressful time of life. As time as gone on, it has virtually disappeared. Apparently, through whatever means, I was able to avoid the same fate as my mother though I know of other families where the illness has been inherited. Bipolar (manic-depression) also has a tendendcy to be passed on through the mother's side, though, again, not always. There are so many variables. I enjoyed the way you write, and will read more of your work as time goes on. Thank you!

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Thanks for opening up, ExoticHippieQueen. My mom's father, who's my grandfather was temporarily insane when his wife died. My mother said, he didn't fully recovered because her relatives put my grandpa in chain to limit his unacceptable activities, like talking to himself, walking aimlessly and seeing entities that normal humans can't.

I didn't met him because he died when my mom was only 5 years old.

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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I think there is a certain amount of shared insanity. Great hub.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Thanks, Ms. Sandy. That's what I think, too, regarding how shared insanity thrives in some families.

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