According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, “First-degree family members of individual with major depressive disorder have a risk for major depressive disorder two-to fourfold higher than that of the general population….Heritability is approximately 40%…”
However, from a Self-Coaching Perspective: There seems to be little debate that depression has a genetic component, however, it’s imperative to view this not as a life sentence, but a tendency towards depression. It’s true that your “plastic” brain comes pre-wired–to a certain respect–however, this “wiring” is constantly being modified and changed by your experiences throughout your life. You may be more susceptible, i.e., “pre-wired” to have a lower threshold to depression, but just like with a genetic disposition toward alcoholism or obesity, this doesn’t mean you will become an alcoholic or obese. If insecurity is left unchecked and if your life becomes caught up in a compulsive, ongoing controlling struggle, you will be at risk. The bottom line is that genetics or not, insecurity is the variable.
Originally posted on www.self-coaching.net
Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D.
JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, PH.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching series of books. An in-demand speaker and expert, Dr. Luciani is featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
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