Depression: Why Did This Happen? Will it Come Back?

Fourth in my series on depression, first published Dec. 28, 2012

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There are so many factors that can play into depression.  Today I’m going to cover as much as I can in a reasonable amount of space.  This could well end up being a multiple-part topic.

Let’s look at genetics first.  One of the questions I always ask a new client who presents with depression is, “Who else in your family, in your own generation or your parents’ or grandparents’ generations, has had a “nervous breakdown,” or been given some sort of medication for nerves, such as Valium?”  Almost without fail, there is someone.  Typically, there will be more than one in the family tree who has suffered from depression.

So, is there a “depression gene”?  Honestly, I don’t know.  I found some articles on the subject.  Here is one link you may find interesting.  Just remember, this whole topic is in a very new state of research:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40908471/ns/health-mental_health/t/depression-gene-really-exists-new-study-claims/#.UN3FjOTAeSo

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2 thoughts on “Depression: Why Did This Happen? Will it Come Back?

    • You’re right. We called it “having a nervous breakdown” back when I was a kid. Lots of valium was prescribed back then. And before that, people just suffered. They were considered “moody,” and sometimes even confined in sanitariums or worse. No one wanted anyone to know if there was a family member who sometimes succumbed to what we no know as depression.

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