If you believe depression cannot have a genetic link, then you are wrong. Regarding depression and genetics, scientists believe that as many as 40 percent of those with depression can trace it to a genetic link. Depression can also stem from environmental causes which occurs majority of the time (60 percent), but genetics definitely play a role in some cases.
Maybe you have watched a family member such as a sibling, mother, or cousin battle through depression. It can be painfully difficult. But does this mean you will fall in the same boat?
Clinical depression or major depressive disorder is the most common form of depression. This form of depression is more likely to be shared among family members such as your siblings and children. A person is actually almost five times more likely to develop depression if they have a relative who suffers from it.
Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance
You probably have not heard about this term. Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is passing down information from one generation to the next (eg. parent to child) that affects traits of the offspring without changing the actual structure of the DNA (ie. sequence of nucleotides in DNA). What does this mean?
For example, if you have had a mother or a grandmother who has suffered from depression or anxiety severely, this methylates the DNA (changes the way DNA is expressed – doesn’t change the sequence). You can inherit these methylation patterns, thereby becoming more susceptible to developing depression or anxiety because your mother or grandmother methylated their DNA and passed down this information to you.
Science has proven that parents or grandparents who have suffered from physical or sexual abuse have produced offspring that are more susceptible to developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance works back to four generations. Yes, what you’re great-grandmother went through in their life-time can have an adverse affect on your health. Fortunately, it works the opposite way as well for those with parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who have lived happily.
Can depression be treated?
Yes. Yes, it definitely can. It can be a rough, long journey but it is completely treatable and curable in my opinion. Visit my activities page for natural remedies/ways to help combat your depression. We are in this together. Whether you have developed depression genetically or environmentally, or a combination of the two, do not believe for a second you can’t be treated. Through small, simple steps we can beat this together! Also, here is my number 1 recommended product review to help combat your depression. Please give it a try as it will only make you feel better one day at a time.
Do you have depression? Does it stem genetically or environmentally? Please comment below if you have something to add or just want to talk.