They found that parental panic disorder, independently of parental depression, predicted lifetime rates in offspring of multiple anxiety disorders, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Parental depression independently predicted bipolar disorder, drug use, and disruptive behavior disorders. They also found that together parental panic and depression interacted to predict specific phobias and major depressive disorder. Phobias were elevated in all at-risk groups, and depression was elevated in both offspring groups of parents with depression (with or without panic disorder).
For information about research on the neurobiology of depression in adolescents see Psychiatric News here. And this year American Psychiatric Publishing published the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: 4th Edition.
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