Depression & Genetics

Can depression be considered genetic?

The genes given to us at birth by our parents form the blueprint from which we develop as human beings. The person we actually become is a result of the interaction between this blueprint and the environment we grow up in. The capacity to take that blueprint and improve on it is a unique characteristic of each of us.

What we do inherit is the vulnerability to developing depression; but our capacity to overcome this vulnerability is a result of our social interactions. The family we grow up being part of, the friends we call upon for support, the creative outlets we invent, and our physical ability to endure the challenges, each of these factors influence to what degree we experience depression.

The loves and interests we develop in our lives, as well as professional guidance, offer us the support to help us successfully face depression.

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