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Is Depression Hereditary?
Studies of families in which major depressive disorder occurs strongly suggest that a genetic component may be a key factor in the development of the disorder.
- In the general population, the rate of occurrence of the major depressive disorder appears to be relatively consistent in all cultures around the world, with the rate of occurrence falling somewhere between 8% and 12%.
- Some studies have found that when one twin has the disorder, the other twin also has the disorder at a rate of as much as 38%.
- Two studies have found that women seem to be much more likely to inherit the disorder than men. The studies showed that women seem to inherit the condition at a rate of about 40%, while men inherit it at a rate of about 30%.
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