The research shows that genetics does not necessitate depression.
It may predispose you to it, but attitude and outlook outweighs any "history of" in one's family.
Pharmaceutical companies and most psychiatrists would go out of business if they would accept this proven Research.
A good portion of what we go through is in how we 'choose to cope'. Again, that was a quote from some prominent psychiatrists ... Dr. William Glasser and many others with him.
That's why it's healthier to say, "I battle depression" rather than "I suffer from depression" ... same for anxiety.
Just thought I'd throw in the opposing viewpoint, from my own 38 years of "battling" both, with history plus every other factor that could be thrown in.
My mother left us 5 kids when I was 2 months old, she had a 7 yr. long break down even though my dad was the best husband any woman could have wanted ... I've been in and out of a total of 7 homes since. Made to feel unwanted and abused in 4 of those homes since age 7 ... right up until this day and I'm 53 now.
Every genetic, environmental, situational and now organic illness would say, I should definitely be depressed ... I've chosen to not be and I still have a wicked sense of humor that I plan to keep ... thanks to Dr. William Glasser and one of his students, who became one of the best psychiatrists in our Marine Corps and retired to Florida to continue his work. God Bless them and those thousands like them, for giving me the opposing viewpoint, when I was hospitialized 27 years ago and others thought I'd never come out of a Hospital.
Thanks for letting me honor men and woman like them here.
Late Neuro-Lyme & CFIDS.
Post Edited (obs ann) : 2/11/2006 12:05:34 AM (GMT-7)