A 41-year-old member asked:
are eating disorders and depression genetic?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Pamela Pappas answered
41 years experience Psychiatry
Genetics: Yes, genetics plays a significant role in both these conditions . . . But is far from the only factor. There are many environmental influences also. Also you can do much to help yourself and avoid these outcomes, even if you may have certain genetic inheritance.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Cara Nixon answered
7 years experience Clinical Psychology
Nature vs Nurture: You can inherit genes that make you susceptible to ED or increase your risk, but you may also be observing disorder behavior & maladaptive coping skills. Example, if you are at risk for depression due to parent's history, you might have observed their manner of coping through the use of food. Due to genetics & observed behavior you might also be diagnosed w/depression and/or eating disorder.
Answered on Jan 16, 2016
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