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The children of depressed parents have a persistently high risk of mental illness

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-e

Research question What is the long term outlook for people who have at least one parent with major depression?

Answer They have a high risk of mental illness that starts early and continues into early middle age

Why did the authors do the study? It's clear that depression is passed from generation to generation, but we don't know what happens to the children of depressed parents as they grow up and mature. These authors wanted to know the long term outlook for people who have at last one parent with a history of major depression.

What did they do? Twenty years ago, these authors recruited a group of 125 children, teenagers, and young adults …

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