Clinical Depresssion Can Be Hereditary

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Is clinical depression hereditary?

Clinical Depresssion Can Be Hereditary

Family history is important. Studies indicate that depression is three times more common in children whose biological parents suffer from depression, even if the children have been adopted into a family whose members do not have the illness. Other research indicates that if one identical twin develops depression, the other twin has a 70 percent chance of also suffering from it. These studies suggest that some people inherit a susceptibility to the illness.

   

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