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Effect of depression amplifies through generations

A study involving 47 families has discovered that almost 60% of children, whose parents and grandparents suffered from depression, ended up developing a psychiatric disorder before they reached their early teens. The generally developed an anxiety disorder that turned into depression when they moved to adolescence. This is more than twice the number of children to develop psychiatric disorders in families with no family history of depression. Thus, the study concludes the effect of depression intensifies through generations. This means that it is important to treat early signs of anxiety in children whose parents suffer from depression.

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About: Effect of depression amplifies through generations

Date: 10 January 2005

URL: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-01/cuco-css011005.php

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