I am trying to do a bit of research concerning my mom's family. I am getting my PhD in biochemistry right now and thus I am very interested in the genetics of my family. My son was recently diagnosed as ADD(attention defeciet disorder) and my mom and sister are diagnosed as bipolar (manic depression). There is also a very high incidence of alcoholism, drug abuse , dropping out of high school and in general wild, impulsive, and crazy behavior that runs in the family as well as suspected ADD in many other members of the family. These types of mental illness have been proven to have a biological basis and have a strong genetic component to them. I have traced the wackiness (for lack of a better term) back to my GGgrandmother who was Amanda's granddaughter, thus I suspect it might have it's roots in the Kizziar side of the family (Perhaps through Laura Burks?). Any additional information on "odd" behavior in the roots of the Kizziar family would be really great and help sort out the details of the puzzle.
I really hope I don't offend anyone with this posting as I realize these might be sensitive issues for some. I realize in the past mental illness was seen as a stigma that was not discussed, however it seems now days that more and more people are excepting it as a slight miswiring of the brain which makes the person see the world in a different way which can be helped with medicine just like any other illness. Thanks! Happy holidays! Tina
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