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Can depression be inherited?

Related Topics: Depression

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SUNY Upstate Medical University
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1. Depression may be inherited from family members. The more family you have that are depressed, the more likely you will be. Perhaps genetics is to blame for about 30% of depression where stress, family upbringing, trauma and personality style is the other 70%.

2. You may inherit genes for can also inherit the ability to respond to certain medicines that other family members respond too. So, if your dad responded well to Prozac, your chances are good, too, as you likely have the same type of "genetic" depression which was reversed by Prozac in your dad. Doctors should ask you if you have had a family history of depression AND what meds your family took and their response to it.

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