Post Partum Depression
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Is Postpartum Depression Hereditary?
Researchers have not yet identified a definitive link between the onset of postpartum depression and a family history of the disorder, but there is some evidence that there may be a genetic or familial connection to the disorder.
- One study found that women with a sister who had experienced postpartum depression were almost four times as likely to develop the disorder as compared to women with no affected sibling.
- Another study found that 42% of women with a family history of postpartum depression developed the disorder after their first pregnancy. In contrast, the study found that only 15% of women without a family history developed the disorder.
- Studies of twins have found a significant heritability rate, ranging from 25% to 54%. This suggests that there could be a genetic basis for the development of the disease, and research is ongoing to identify a specific gene or genes that may be responsible.
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