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Is moodiness genetic?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Can be

Depends on the type of moodiness.
Teenage moodiness probably is more environmentally induced that genetic. However, many causes of persistent moodiness--depression, dysthymia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, e.g.--all have genetic contributions. That said, genes are only a part of the picture, and predisposition does not mean it has to happen. If it's causing problems, seek help.

In brief: Can be

Depends on the type of moodiness.
Teenage moodiness probably is more environmentally induced that genetic. However, many causes of persistent moodiness--depression, dysthymia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, e.g.--all have genetic contributions. That said, genes are only a part of the picture, and predisposition does not mean it has to happen. If it's causing problems, seek help.
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