Inheritance and Genetics of Depression
Racial Patterns for Depression:
Racial Information for Depression: Severe chronic depression is another problem that commonly affects
Latinas; about one-half of Hispanic/Latina women reported severe chronic
depression compared to thirty-seven percent of non-Hispanic white and
forty-seven percent of non-Hispanic black women. (Source: excerpt from Minority: NWHIC)
Inheritance and Genetics Information
Inheritance of Depression:
Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that a biological
vulnerability can be inherited. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NIMH)
Depression: Genetics Information
Genetics of Depression:
Studies show that some forms of
depression run in families. Children of depressed parents may be at a
higher risk of getting the disease themselves. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NWHIC)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Depression refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.
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