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Genes, environments and depressions in young people
  1. Ian M Goodyer
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ian M Goodyer, Developmental Psychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry, Douglas House, 18 Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AH, UK; ig104{at}


Among the common mental illnesses in childhood and adolescence, the unipolar depressions are the most concerning. These mental illnesses are aetiologically and clinically heterogeneous and little is known about their pathophysiology. This selected review considers the contribution of genetic and environmental factors in the emergence of these illnesses in the second decade of life.

  • Gene
  • Depression

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