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Is having suicidal thoughts a tendency you can pass on to your children?

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Dr. David Roth
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Depression and suicidal responses are the result of genetic tendencies towards disruptions in the proper regulation of the emotional brain. It manifests when the person encounters the right environmental triggers. Depression is found in 15% of children who have a parent who suffers from depression.
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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not Exactly: It would be too specific to say that suicidal thoughts can be an inherited trait. However, there is some genetic risk with various mood disorders, and these problems with mood may include suicidal thoughts.
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