Why should family history be a focus in suspected major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Depression can be familial. Thus, a thorough family history is quite important. Familial, social, and environmental factors appear to play significant roles in the course of depressive illness in children and youths, even in preschool children. [75] René Spitz described anaclitic depression (marasmus) in infants being raised in an orphanage and in hospitalized children whose parents were not allowed to visit. [76]


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