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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Most of us have heard of 23andMe, Ancestry.com and other DNA-discovery products. Have you tried it? What did you find out? What should we do with all this info? You are reading page 2 of Home Genetic Testing - Should You?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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8 hours ago, Emergent said:

I'm an adoptee and had found my mother's side years ago by hiring a detective. She was already dead and my father's identity died with her.

I did ancestry  . Com and was shocked to find my father's side of the family within a month.  I now have a wonderful half sister and answers to a lifelong mystery. I'm almost a carbon copy of my father in looks and mannerisms, and apparently take after his mother quite a bit in personality and hobbies.

I haven't done the medical side of DNA testing. 

 

I'm actually adopted too and found my birth mother in 1991 (well before the internet) thru some sleuthing. 

I have done 123&Me also and have found my father's side also. 

I have also done medical genetic testing due to a medical issue. 

Thanks for sharing. 

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience and works as a CNM.

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I personally wouldn't do the genetic testing for medical disorders because I doubt it would be beneficial for me in the long run.  I've done an Ancestry.com DNA kit and it's been fascinating---the results keep changing slightly as more and more people do the kits and they get more accurate and pinpointed.  

There are benefits to the "Big Brother" aspect of the DNA collection---case in point, the Golden State Killer was found thanks to those data pools.  It's definitely an interesting topic, there are pros and cons to both sides.  As Emergent stated, I'm just don't feel I'm important enough to worry that any of my DNA will be used for nefarious reasons 😂

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AnnieNP has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and works as a Nurse Practitioner.

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 I just mailed my "23 and me" in yesterday!!!!

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WestCoastSunRN has 20 years experience as a BSN and works as a CCRN.

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7 hours ago, KonichiwaRN said:

How about good old fashioned parenting? That seems to work, is time proven, and multi-cultural that spans across nations.

Parenting is great.  I've done quite a bit of it myself.  However, I don't think the complex situation of our current mental health epidemic can be blamed on lack of parenting.  In fact, I am quite sure there are many good old fashioned parents who are wondering why their kids are struggling -- when they did what they knew to do and tried to do better when they learned how.  Were this a thread on parenting, I might have more to say, but I'll leave it at this.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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I chose to do medical genetic testing because of Lynch Syndrome. 

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JadedCPN has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Pediatric Float RN.

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On 5/15/2019 at 4:13 PM, KonichiwaRN said:

How about good old fashioned parenting? That seems to work, is time proven, and multi-cultural that spans across nations.

Bad parenting does not cause mental health disorders, and likewise good parenting does not fix the mental health crisis.

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On 5/15/2019 at 7:52 PM, Emergent said:

Those concerns held me back for some time. But, think of it, your DNA can be gathered from a coffee mug. And, who really cares? We're not that important. 

Think about our ancestors, living in small villages. They had far less privacy than we do now. The Sioux had an etiquette rule that you weren't supposed to look over to someone else's teepee. I'll bet the bank that curious neighbors violated that regularly. 

So, I finally decided, heck, I'll be dead in 30 or 40 years, I think this would be interesting. And it was.

Totally agree. I think it's hovering on paranoid to worry about DNA being sold for profit.  Companies can go around picking up stray hairs if that's what they're interested in.  Being on Facebook is WAY more invasive.  I did Ancestry and discovered a "1st cousin" that ended up being my father's unknown half sister.  This woman had no idea.  I think these databases are valuable in connecting people, and DNA doesn't lie.

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nursej22 has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a royal pain in the tuchus.

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2 hours ago, JadedCPN said:

Bad parenting does not cause mental health disorders, and likewise good parenting does not fix the mental health crisis.

Abusive parenting can result in trauma, PTSD, and drug abuse.

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1 hour ago, nursej22 said:

Abusive parenting can result in trauma, PTSD, and drug abuse.

 

1 hour ago, nursej22 said:

Abusive parenting can result in trauma, PTSD, and drug abuse.

I totally agree. The quality of our upbringings has a profound effect on our mental health, just the same way the food we are fed affects our physical health. I also believe poor diets can negatively affect us mentally. 

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I did Ancestry DNA a few years back. I am an amateur genealogist. So far, there have not been any skeletons in the closet.

I have a well researched, public tree, making it relatively easy to catch a relative of mine who committed rape decades ago.

I would be pleased if that happened.

I think most of the medical information from certain sites is sheer nonsense. I saw a friend's report. Unless you have a specific disease in your family, and then you are better off seeing a professional.

Bad parenting is a major cause of mental health disorders, BTW.

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