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Is depression hereditary?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited.
Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression.

In brief: Yes

Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited.
Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Postpartum Depressed

Depression is a symptom in this case, not a disease. Hormones can be balanced and eliminate the symptom of depression.

In brief: Postpartum Depressed

Depression is a symptom in this case, not a disease. Hormones can be balanced and eliminate the symptom of depression.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Just because someone feels depressed, doesn't mean they have depression.
Depression is a psychiatric disorder but there are many causes of feeling depressed (hypothyroidism, nutritional deficiencies, allergies to name a few). Hypothyroidism & allergies can be hereditary so the depression caused as a result might appear genetic but it is the cause that is genetic.

In brief: Maybe

Just because someone feels depressed, doesn't mean they have depression.
Depression is a psychiatric disorder but there are many causes of feeling depressed (hypothyroidism, nutritional deficiencies, allergies to name a few). Hypothyroidism & allergies can be hereditary so the depression caused as a result might appear genetic but it is the cause that is genetic.
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine

In brief: Maybe

True depressive disorder as defined by the dsm-iv criteria would be considered to have a genetic relationship to primarily immediate family members.
I would use this information just to help you decide if you should seek medical attention for depressive symptoms and not to worry about future possibilities or problems.

In brief: Maybe

True depressive disorder as defined by the dsm-iv criteria would be considered to have a genetic relationship to primarily immediate family members.
I would use this information just to help you decide if you should seek medical attention for depressive symptoms and not to worry about future possibilities or problems.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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