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Is depression generally more revolved around discontent with your past, or your genetic attributes?

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October 26th, 2015 9:11pm
BOTH! Depression is one of those mental illnesses that can be entirely caused for different reasons. Some people experience it when they're going through a particularly trying time in their life, while other people have totally normal lives, but have a biologic/chemical imbalance in their brain that makes them depressed. Or, you could have a genetic predisposition to experience depression, and events in your life bring that natural predisposition out. There are a lot of different possible causes :)
March 15th, 2015 1:14am
From personal experience, I would say that depression revolves more around discontent with your past, but can also revolve around genetic attributes. For example, various people in my family have suffered with depression, but that isn't what caused my discontent with my past.
April 1st, 2015 8:02am
It can be one or the other or both. Mental illnesses tends to run in families. If someone in the primary (grandparent,parent,aunt,uncle,sister, or brother) family suffers from some form of mental illness it is safe to say that it will most likely surface in other family members even if it skips a generation. On the other hand discontent and unresolved issues in your past often open a gateway for depression because you have never gotten closure so it eats away at you until it wears you down and consumes you. with discontentment and genetic attributes combined the chances of becoming depressed is even greater.
April 5th, 2015 11:13pm
I think it has to do with both. Depression is something involved with brain activity and the hormones within. So whether it be the genetic attributes or the past that trigger a chemical imbalance in the brain, that's where the primary issue is.
April 29th, 2015 7:08am
In the case of a violin.. is the music the instrument, the strings that were chosen, or the movement of the bow across the strings.. from what I understand, some people have a strong genetic predisposition to depression, and sad things happen to them, and their attitudes, reactions and resilience or lack thereof come into play. Some people seem to think that people with depression are ungrateful because of everything they have going for them and don't recognize, but whatever the cause.. the result is a chemical imbalance in the brain that sometimes can even affect the brain's structure, making it even harder to come out of the depression. People who are depressed often have low self-esteem and ideas that they themselves could cause or prevent the imbalance by their attitude are just more unnecessary and upsetting to them.
May 8th, 2015 1:50am
I believe most of it is discontent, from what i have witnessed most depression isn't genetic. Most people that say they have depression have never gotten a professional test, and they label themselves as such.
August 4th, 2015 12:31am
Depression has some genetic and epigenetic influences, but it's far more influenced by what's going on in your life right *now.* It's very rare for a person to be depressed when nothing is wrong with their life. Many people discount the things that are making them sad, though, because they think that those things shouldn't be bad enough to affect them seriously. "Should" means nothing to your brain chemistry, though. You can become depressed if you have suffered a major disappointment such as being rejected from college, if you are socially isolated, if you lack meaningful work or relationships, or if you are not respected by your family and community. It doesn't matter if the things that are happening to you are very ordinary and are also happening to lots of other people--they can still make you depressed if you don't have a lot of support and if you have a genetic predisposition for it.
December 28th, 2015 1:49pm
Probably not the answer you were hoping for, but the only one that I can give is who knows? Depression, like a lot of things when looked at scientifically, is not very clear. The most anyone really has at this point is vague at best, in my opinion. Depression could be triggered in people solely on their struggles in life, their genetics, or maybe it could be something entirely different. Who can say for sure? There's definitely a lot of research put into finding the answer, but there really isn't any clear cut or simple answer to this sort of question. It's highly individualized and a huge number of things could play into whether it's one or the other or something entirely different.
January 4th, 2016 7:38pm
Discontent with past and self and others. Cannot get feelings away from the negayive memories, fear reoccurence
January 5th, 2016 5:09am
Depression is not more revolved around one certain thing. Some people can have very bad depression over a dramatic event. Well others have had nothing happen to them, but they still feel sad. I do not believe it can only be one or the other.
January 25th, 2016 9:53pm
For me it has been both. Bullying and social struggles in my past have cast shadows on the present. Just as physical attributes and my learning disabilities have also cause their own shadows in my daily life. It's all depends on the day as to what will trigger my depression to worsen.
February 1st, 2016 1:14am
Depression and most emotional disorders like that can be linked to genes, so it's not uncommon for those issues to be passed along the family line. But depression can also be caused by anything else, regardless of genetic attributes
May 17th, 2016 4:12pm
It can involve both. Generally it gets formed due to your past and your growing up, it can be situational as well. It often gets triggered from a past experience- getting repeated, or from a situation which ressembles around your overall unrestful.
August 9th, 2016 5:26am
The balance of nature versus nurture is a tough one. In my experience, I have found that both can cause depression separately and both can cause depression together.
October 17th, 2016 2:36pm
Honestly, depression is complex and can be caused by a variety of things, just like there are various "types" of depression. Sometimes, we can become situationally depressed, meaning that we've developed depression as a response to something that is happening in our lives or did happen. Or we may be clinically depressed, which is usually down to brain chemistry. You don't have to be sad or discontent about anything in specific to be depressed.
May 8th, 2017 6:53pm
I personally have had friends that have become extremely distraught and saddened by things that had nothing to do with either. It was mainly about their future and where their parents wanted them to be at a certain time. Yet, my friends wanted to do something different/go on their own path. But how can they when their parents are the ones who are paying for their education? So, depression can come from all different things. Not solely from past events or genetic attributes.
May 23rd, 2017 11:37am
Everything plays an important role. Genetics are not well studied,but a lot of biological factors are involved. Usually it is said that if your genetics/environment tells that you're predisposed to depression, it can develop due to stress/situations.
September 25th, 2018 4:36am
Depression can be a result of both past experiences and genetic attributes. Some people are more susceptible to depression because of their family history. Sometimes it could be just from thier past, or even thoughts of their future. My family has a history of depression. A lot of them don't deal with it well, and I myself have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Although not only because of my family history, but with how I have reacted to things of my past. So both are pretty closely linked both aren't always the cause. Sometimes it will be one or the other. Sometimes none at all.
March 31st, 2020 10:31am
Hi there. Hope you and your loved ones are safe in these troubled times. To answer your question, I would say it depends. While dealing with mental health, I don't think we can or we should generalize why it occurs. If I talk about myself, my depression can be linked to my past. However, it is important to note that it crept up quietly, almost even I didn't notice until it was late enough. Everytime I told myself a reason that could be making me sad, thus ended up convincing myself and creating problems where there may not have been any. However, yes, past did play a big role. The reasons didn't stay, depression did. I think it is all that stayed. But trust me, it isn't a personality trait, and it can happen due any and all given reasons. It is important to identify your emotions and then try to do something about it. People with a troubled past usually may still feel the shakes and thus get depression, but people with everything seemingly perfect may also have depression (like Chester Bennington had, may his soul rip). You cannot be sure until you are, atleast about depression. Hope I helped give you a little insight about what I thought seems like a right answer. Cheers!
April 28th, 2020 7:12pm
This is a really difficult question to answer. There is a lot of research that genetics can definitely play a big part in the way that depression affects someone. However, there is also a lot of research supporting the situational or environmental aspects of depression and other mental health disorders. Depression isn't even always focused on your past. It can be discontent with how you are right now, or what your future may look like (or what you think it may look like). Therapists are trained to work with you through your family history, your past, present and ideas of the future.
May 4th, 2020 4:03pm
Depression can be a mixture of both. Sometimes you are genetically predisposed to develop depression and sometimes your environment influences how we interact with the world and experience depression. From early childhood into adulthood, everything from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to experiences as adults can influence our emotional state. Things like poverty, workplace and homelife stress, abuse, and other adverse experiences can contribute to how we experience depression, and even if we experience depression. Other things that influence depression could be drug and alcohol use. So ultimately, the question above is limited. it can be both, or neither. Depression is a complicated thing influenced by many different factors.