Tools To Collect Your Family History

Does a neurological disorder run in your family? If you don't know, or don't know all the details, this is the time to find out as much as you can. There are tools that can help you ask your family the right questions to better understand the chance that your neurological disorder may be genetic.

When you are collecting family history information, only consider family members related to you by blood, such as your parents, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. If you share only one parent with a brother or sister, please note that. It is important to collect as much information as you can about each family member’s health history. These details would include:

  • Accurate information about any neurological symptoms or disorders (medical reports are best, if available)
  • Accurate information about all major diseases affecting family members, especially those with a history of:
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Cancer
    • Stroke
    • Heart disease
  • How old each person was when they first developed symptoms
  • What type of treatment each person received
  • Any genetic testing that was completed for a family member (a copy of the results is best, if available)
  • How old each person was when they died and cause of death (if applicable)

Click here to fill out a family history questionnaire to create your family medical history. Take this form to your healthcare provider for further discussion and evaluation.