Does a family history of affective disorder, panic disorder, or alcohol dependence also predispose to depression?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Studies such as those reported by Akiskal and Weller [24] and Weissman et al [25] suggest a genetic component in the etiology of depressive disorders. Individuals with a family history of affective disorders, panic disorder, or alcohol dependence carry a higher risk for major depressive disorder.


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