Our expert says:
None of these conditions are "genetic" in the sense that one unavoidably inherits it from a parent, but one DOES inherit a potential weakness for developing such conditions if other factors happen to lean in the same direction. And the affective disorders, including plain Depression, and Bipolar Disorder, tend to behave in the same way.
For various good reasons I am not able to recommend specific psychiatrists, but there are many good folks in Pretoria. Your GP might recommend someone by phone ; or you could contact the Anxiety-Depression Support Group which lists numerous shrinks they recommend. Don't get too scared. These conditions vary in severity, and if recognized earlier and treated earlier, can be more tractable than if ignored for decades.
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