Depressed? Blame Your Folks!


A new study on depression has shown that genetics plays a major part in whether we have it or not. This info will help in the future with targeting those that are predisposed to it and better treat it.

“We looked to see, in around about two million people, if we could predict using genetics the people who developed depression from those who didn’t,” Prof McIntosh said.

“We found that there were about a hundred or so changes in their DNA, in their genetic makeup, that made them more likely to develop the condition.

“It was the people that carried over 100 who were much more likely to develop the disorder in future.”

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    KB 1 year ago

    In psychology they they talk of 3 P’s……predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors.
    As the article states, a person can be biologically predisposed to mental health problems. A person predisposed is more likely to develop problems given adverse life circumstances such as loss or trauma compared to someone who is not biologically predisposed.

    Precipitating factors are those that bring symptoms on, which can include a wide range of things, and perpetuating factors are those that continue the difficulties. One example relating to depression is social isolation – when feeling depressed it can be easy to isolate, however it can perpetuate the problem because it leads to feelings of isolation and the feeling that nobody really understands.

    No-one has any power to change their biology, and it’s often out of our power to avoid the loss and grief life can throw at us. We can, however, do our best to do things that minimise the perpetuating factors, such as staying connected to others, finding outlets to express ourselves and choosing healthy ways to manage ourselves (drinking away our sorrows can work well in the short term, but is ultimately not helpful if it becomes a pattern of coping)

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