If either one of the parents is suffering from depression, what will be the probability that the fetal to catch the depression.
Hi, ragui! I copied this from the AllAboutDepression website:
Research on the heredity of depression within families shows that some individuals are more likely to develop the illness than others. If you have a parent or sibling that has had major depression, you may be 1.5 to 3 times more likely to develop the condition than those who do not have a close relative with the condition. You would also have a higher chance of developing bipolar disorder. Because close relatives of those with clinical depression have such a vulnerability to developing the condition themselves strongly suggests that it can be an inherited illness.
Notice that the article says *you may be 1.5 - 3 times more likely* which means it isn't always the case. Environment and societal influences can also be influential in the development of depression.
Best wishes, WCV
I remembered the psychiatrist saying to me if I was around my mom when she was depressed it could have influenced me later in life. There is a higher risk of having a depression with parents who have had it but you can't worry about it because it may never happen! I have two kids that are fine right now, I have had depressions because my serotonin levels were low. My mother also has suffered with depressions. My sister is fine. You just need to know the risk and need to know the signs and what to do if it happens, but try not to worry because it may never happen to your children.
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