A new study has found that depression can run through families and individuals who have had parents or grandparents suffering from depression have increased risk of developing themselves – , in fact, the risk triple found.
Myrna Weissman said team lead “In this study, the biological offspring with two generations affected with major depression were at increased risk of major depression.”
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of Brain and Behavior Research Foundation added “While family history increases the risk factor for depression, this does not mean that someone will definitely become depressed . ” He noted that the main message of the study is that “people should be aware of their family history and immediately seek help if they are experiencing symptoms, as depression is very treatable.”
The study included 251 young adults with their parents and grandparents. Compared with young adults who have a family history of depression, those whose parents had depression were twice as likely to develop themselves and also had a higher risk for disruptive disorder, suicidal thoughts, and overall poorer performance.
Those with depressed parents and grandparents had triple the risk of developing depression themselves.
Be aware of your family history of depression may help you embark on early interventions to help further reduce the risk. The fact that the study found an association does not mean that the odds of developing depression are inevitable if the previous family have lived with it.
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