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I need to know if sad is heriditary or acquired?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Both: As is the case with many answers in mental health, when the question has to do with genetics vs. Environment, the answer is almost always a combination of both. There is evidence for a biological or genetic risk for sad, but it is likely that environmental factors and life experience affect the likelihood of having sad expressed in one's life.

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