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Is depression passed down like a genetic condition?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Partly

There's an increased statistical risk of getting major depressive disorder (clinical depression) if close relatives have had it.
But it's not a purely genetic trait like eye color. Genetics and life circumstances both affect the likelihood of depression. Regardless of genetics, there's a lot a person can do to avoid depression, or to treat it if it occurs.

In brief: Partly

There's an increased statistical risk of getting major depressive disorder (clinical depression) if close relatives have had it.
But it's not a purely genetic trait like eye color. Genetics and life circumstances both affect the likelihood of depression. Regardless of genetics, there's a lot a person can do to avoid depression, or to treat it if it occurs.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Not entirely

There is a genetic component to a depression, but genetics doesn't determine completely if a person will be depressed or not.
Depression is also influenced by our ability to handle stress, changes, rejections, our self-perceptions, our ability to relate to others, etc. Depression is treatable. If there is a family history of depression, learn to recognize symptoms and seek help when needed.

In brief: Not entirely

There is a genetic component to a depression, but genetics doesn't determine completely if a person will be depressed or not.
Depression is also influenced by our ability to handle stress, changes, rejections, our self-perceptions, our ability to relate to others, etc. Depression is treatable. If there is a family history of depression, learn to recognize symptoms and seek help when needed.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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