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Q&A- Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Susan S. Woods, Ph.D.question and answer with Dr. Susan S. Woods

Q: Is mental illness or depression hereditary?

A: Yes, mental illnesses of which depression and anxiety are examples can be hereditary. However, depression and anxiety can also be situational, that is reactive to life’s losses and stressors. There is often a family history of reacting to these losses and stressors with depression and anxiety. Mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, are brain malfunctions which are known to be biologically based.

Susan S. Woods, Ph.D.

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