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What happens if a parent suffered major depressive disorder- are the risks the same for the child to suffer either bipolar or depression?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Not exactly: Predispositions toward depression and bipolar disorder would be present, but not necessarily at the same level as for the parent. Resiliency plays a strong role in the manifestation of any disorder.
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Here are some number: One parent with bipolar disorder -> 35% chance child will have Two parent with ....bpd-> 75% chance one child will have With only depression in the parental lines the chances are much lower but there is research showing eventually genes for depression may have a common source and therefore chance is no zero. Again, so important to know both parternal and maternal psychiatric history. take care
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017


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