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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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