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are there some genetic reasons i get depression off and on?

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Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Quite Possibly: Depression tends to occur with people who have a history of close family members who also struggle with depression. There are risk factors related to genetics that are still not well understood.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Quite possibly: Depression has many causes, some biological or genetic, others environmental. It often "runs in families, " and that too may be partly genetic and partly learned behavior--we tend to react like our parents did to stress. Some people are less likely to respond to stress or bad events with depression. That's called resilience, and it too has a genetic compnent.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
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