Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Do you think Depression is an innate or acquired behavior?

3 Answers
Last Updated: 09/21/2020 at 5:02pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Linda Miland, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have a passion to help individuals address and challenge thoughts ,feelings and lifestyle factors that are contributing to mental health issues.

Top Rated Answers
Calmriver18
April 23rd, 2018 3:05am
I think genetics play a mild role in major depression (a bigger role in bipolar disorder). Genetics may serve as a predisposing factor to depression, but the evidence is growing that depression has a great deal to do with the ongoing and repetitive interactions within peoples everyday life and especially family life. Life experiences, and family play a big role. But rather than focusing too much on that and blaming them or suffering we need to be proactive in learning your own vulnerabilities and how to manage them skillfully 💖💖😁😁
Anonymous
April 24th, 2018 7:08pm
Depression is both innate and acquired. It is based off family history and personal experiences, as well as how you handle the situations.
AlwaysHere4U2020
September 21st, 2020 5:02pm
Depression manifests itself in many unique ways in every person. Ultimately, it can be the reaction to certain things affecting your overall emotional health. Some periods of depression may be longer than others. I believe its an acquired behavior because I don't remember feeling depressed at all during my youth until i hit adulthood that i found myself in a situation where circumstances overwhelmed my coping capabilities. for some people it may be a long term issue that they may have to deal with, therefore maybe even making it feel its an innate behavior. this is definitely a great question and topic to discuss in further detail.