A 30-year-old member asked:
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?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb answered
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
Dr. Richard Levenson answered
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
Dr. Carlos Barrios answered
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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