Children With Parental History Of MDD, BD May Be At Increased Risk For Anxiety, Mood Disorders.

MedWire (9/19, Cowen) reports, “Children with a parental history of bipolar disorder (BD) or major depressive disorder (MDD) are at increased risk for any mood or anxiety disorder,” according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Bipolar Disorders. For the study, researchers examined “a total of 376 children, aged 6.0-17.9 years, of whom 139 had a parental history of BD (72 parents), 110 had a parental history of MDD (56 parents), and 127 (controls) had mentally healthy parents.” Investigators “also found that children with a parental history of BD were more likely to develop recurrent MDD than the children of parents with MDD and those of mentally healthy parents.”

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— “Mood disorder, anxiety risk elevated in children with mood disordered parents, “Mark Cowen, MedWire News, September 19, 2012.

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