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How often is teenage depression related to genetic factors?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Sometimes: Real depression have a genetic component. However, teenagers are at a critical time in brain development where they are more susceptible to feeling all emotions more intensely and less likely to have the area of the brain developed that is responsible for planning and thinking things through. This is why 25% of teenagers experience "storm and strife" which is different than depression.

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