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if a mom has bipolar disorder and a dad has depression, what are the chances the child will have either problem when he grows up?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
16 years experience Psychiatry
Hard to say: The genetic component increases the child's chances. But, the environment, and personality also play a very large role.
Answered on Apr 17, 2016
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Dr. Glen Elliott
43 years experience Child Psychiatry
Genetics definitely play a role, but even if both parents have bipolar disorder, only about 20% of children will develop it. Depression probably carries a higher risk, but still far from 100%.
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Richard Levenson
32 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depression: With any major mental disorder, having a first degree relative who is afflicted increases the likelihood that children may have some form of the disease, although it certainly is not inevitable.
Answered on Jan 14, 2016
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
23 years experience Child Psychiatry
The stats: From the literature: 35% chance if one parent has it. 75% if both parents have it. These are the probabilities. Literature says depression & anxiety push the odds slightly more. Keep in mind that a more stressful environment will play a major role in pushing these probabilities forward. A more stable environment is always protective against gene expression of any genetic vulnerability. take care
Answered on Aug 8, 2014

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