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Is depression hereditary?

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Depression can run in families. When it does, depression usually comes on between ages 15 and 30. A family link to depression is much more common in women. But genetic or hereditary factors don’t always explain why someone gets depression.

From: Depression in Women WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression: What Every Woman Should Know" and "Depression."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression" and "Understanding Antidepressant Medications." 

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

WebMD: Menopause Health Center.

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression: What Every Woman Should Know" and "Depression."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression" and "Understanding Antidepressant Medications." 

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

WebMD: Menopause Health Center.

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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