Is Depression Inherited from Your Parents?
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Is Depression Inherited from Your Parents?

I have a few close family members suffering from depression. I want to know, is depression inherited? My mom used to tell me all the time. She would say, son, what’s baked in the bread was first sifted in the flour. Okay, and so that means that yeah, there’s about a 40% inheritance rate but that doesn’t tell the whole story. There’s the biology to it, but then there’s the psychology and the social piece. So if mom or dad or someone in the house is depressed, they’re modeling for you as a child what it looks like to go through life, depressed. So you’re taking your cues from them and you’re learning, okay, I’m not supposed to smile. People just aren’t happy. And so that’s a big part of it too. I mean that depressed attitude, we’re talking about divorce being contagious. Yeah.
That is contagious. Because that’s all you see. You learn what you’re living. If that’s what you’re seeing, then you adopt their beliefs. Yeah and kids do model on their parents all the time so even if you haven’t genetically inherited that trait, you’re going to see that behavior and emulate it as you get older. Absolutely, and so it’s your job to model the right behavior. Right, smile! Be happy! Let them know, you know! That’s okay.
It’s okay! Yeah, yeah.
Yeah. I mean if you’re around hardcore depression, you have to work extra hard, but you can beat it. You can beat it and the cure is in the therapy. The cure is not in the medication. Most of the time, there’s a reason why we’re depressed. We can put our finger on where it hurts. So let’s get to work on that. If we need to use medication to help get you through the rough spots, that’s okay. But let’s really peel back the onion layers and see what’s going on and fix the problem.

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