Children whose parents are cousins are up to three times more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or schizophrenia
Children whose parents are cousins are around three times more likely to take medication for mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, at some point in their lives, new research suggests.
Such individuals are also more than twice as likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs, which treat conditions like schizophrenia, an Irish study found.
The researchers did not speculate why children of closely related parents are more at risk of mental-health disorders, however, previous findings reveal such offspring are more likely to develop single-gene disorders.
Such conditions occur due to... read more
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